Lobbying World

The Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers has named Jonathan R. Weinberger to a newly created position at the organization: vice president of innovation and technology. In that role, he will “coordinate auto industry programming on issues surrounding autos and the ‘Internet of Things,’” according to a release. He comes from Veedims, a technology research and development firm and, before that, worked as the executive secretary and associate general counsel in the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative. He also has experience at the Treasury and State departments.  

Sirona Strategies, a lobbying and consulting firm that specializes in healthcare, has added Matthew Fery and Spencer Porr to its team. Fery formerly served within the Puerto Rico Federal Affairs Administration and has worked as a senior healthcare adviser to Rep. Brian Higgins (D-N.Y.), a former member of the House Ways and Means Committee. Prior to joining the firm, Porr served as the director of health policy and federal affairs at The Health Management Academy. 


Julie Veach, the former chief of the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) Wireline Competition Bureau, has joined law firm Harris, Wiltshire & Grannis as a partner. Among the firm’s specialties are telecommunications and technology issues. Though it primarily focuses on legal work, the firm has two clients: DirecTV, which the FCC approved to merge with AT&T this summer, and Sorenson Communications. Veach also has experience as the deputy general counsel in the FCC’s Office of General Counsel. 

The Natural Products Association has hired Michael Kelley as its director of government affairs. In addition to lobbying members of Congress, he will manage the trade group’s political action committee. Previously, he worked at law and lobby firm Mayer Brown. Kelley also formerly served as managing director for congressional relations at lobby firm The Moffett Group. His Capitol Hill experience includes work on the House Energy and Commerce Committee and for former Rep. Steve Buyer (R-Ind.).