Lobbying World

• The former Democratic staff director for the House Ways and Means Committee, Askia Suruma, is now working for George Washington University as its director of federal and international relations, according to LegiStorm. The university had not actively lobbied for years, according to federal records. Suruma also worked for the House Rules Committee and the U.S. Small Business Administration.

•The Authors Guild has named Mary Rasenberger as its new executive director, succeeding Paul Aiken. She begins the new job Nov. 3 and will serve as a consultant for the guild for two years. Aiken announced that he has “a new cause” after being diagnosed with ALS. Rasenberger has mostly worked as an attorney in the private sector, but has also served as a senior adviser for public policy for the U.S. Copyright Office and as the director of the Library of Congress’s National Digital Preservation Program. 


• Ben Holland has left the London office of Covington & Burling to join Squire Patton Boggs. He will serve on the firm’s international dispute resolution team in London and focus mostly on the energy sector — including oil and gas, renewable energy and mining.

• Blue Engine Message & Media hired Andreia DeVries, who most recently worked at DCI Group, for its strategic communications practice. She also has experience working within the administration of Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick (D).

• The National Farmers Union made three government affairs hires: Barbara Patterson, Tom Driscoll and Zack Clark. Driscoll has experience at the Environmental Protection Agency and will work on energy and environmental policy. Patterson, who will focus on trade livestock and food security issues, previously served as a policy associate for the New England Farmers Union. Clark comes from Rep. Joe Courtney’s (D-Conn.) office and will work on tax and immigration issues.

 • Dave DenHerder was made a partner at FP1 Strategies and will lead the firm’s public affairs practice. He served most recently as the U.S. chief executive officer of Burson-Marsteller and, before that, led the firm’s grassroots arm, Direct Impact. DenHerder served as White House liaison and special assistant to former Labor Secretary Elaine Chao during the Bush administration.