Lobbying World

• Laura Abshire and Ryan Kearney have joined the National Restaurant Association. Abshire will serve as the director of sustainability policy and government affairs, while Kearney will be the organization’s labor and workforce policy manager. Previously, Abshire worked as the deputy chief of staff and legislative director to Rep. Mike Ross (D-Ark.). Kearney served as a senior legislative assistant for the House Committee on Education and the Workforce majority staff. Before that, he worked in the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s Labor, Immigration and Employee Benefits Division.

• George Rogers has joined Wexler and Walker Public Policy Associates as the executive vice president and corporate secretary. He previously served in Speaker John BoehnerJohn Andrew BoehnerLott says lobbying firm cut ties to prevent him from taking clients Lobbying firm cuts ties to Trent Lott amid national anti-racism protests Bush, Romney won't support Trump reelection: NYT MORE’s (R-Ohio) office as a senior policy director and has experience working on the House Financial Services, Judiciary, Homeland Security and Government Reform committees. He will start on Dec. 10.


• Justin LeBlanc launched a firm called LobbyWise that helps clients “choose the right lobbyist.” In a statement, LobbyWise said it does not receive money from lobbyists or government-relations firms, which “[ensures] that its bias is completely in the client’s favor.” LeBlanc has worked for Sen. Patty MurrayPatricia (Patty) Lynn MurrayTrump officials seek to reassure public about safety of a potential coronavirus vaccine Overnight Health Care: Trump refuses to say if he slowed down coronavirus testing | US COVID-19 cases rise, marking ugly contrast with Europe | Trump health officials to testify on continued dangers of coronavirus pandemic The Hill's Coronavirus Report: Rep. Mark Takano says Congress must extend worker benefits expiring in July; WHO reports record spike in global cases MORE (D-Wash.), the National Fisheries Institute and as a contract lobbyist for Strategies 360 and Petrizzo Strategic Group.

• Julie Vallese and Mark Fellin have joined the Juvenile Products Manufacturers Association as managing director of public and government affairs and the director of regulatory and legislative affairs, respectively. The two will serve in the new D.C. office. Vallese previously served as the director of public affairs for the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission. Fellin worked as a legislative director for Sen. Richard BurrRichard Mauze BurrBiden campaign adds staff in three battleground states Exclusive investigation on the coronavirus pandemic: Where was Congress? Trump asserts his power over Republicans MORE (R-N.C.) and previously served at the Consumer Product Safety Commission.

• Tony Annan has been named the executive vice president of finance and operations for The Whitaker Group. Annan previously worked as the chief financial officer for a leading pan-African bank, Ecobank Transnational Inc., and as the deputy division chief for procurement, budgeting and strategic management for the International Monetary Fund. Before that, he worked as the vice president and manager of finance at Citigroup.