Lobbying World

Democracy Partners has named Wyatt Closs, a principal of Big Bowl of Ideas, as a partner in the firm. 

The Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America hired Lauren Levinson as a vice president of communications. Before that, she spent eight years in PR giant Ketchum’s Washington office, serving in the firm’s public and corporate affairs practice.


The National Milk Producers Federation has promoted Emily Meredith from her position as vice president of animal care to the organization’s chief of staff. The group added two new people to its Farmers Assuring Responsible Management (FARM) animal care program team: Emily Yeiser Stepp, who will serve as FARM program manager, and Beverly Hampton, who will work as FARM coordinator. They begin on May 9.

The Public Affairs Council hired Laura Horsley as its director of marketing and communications, while promoting Sheree Anne Kelly, a 15-year veteran of the organization, to senior vice president. Horsley comes from the American Society of Interior Designers, where she worked as vice president of communications and marketing.

Sheila Murphy is joining the Save the Children Action Network as senior director of government relations. She will come from K Street firm Peck Madigan Jones and spent 25 years on Capitol Hill. Her resume includes senior work for several in the Senate, including Sens. Amy KlobucharAmy Jean KlobucharGabbard hits DNC over poll criteria for debates The Hill's Campaign Report: Democratic field begins to shrink ahead of critical stretch Gabbard, Steyer inch toward making third Democratic debate MORE (D-Minn.), Tom CarperThomas (Tom) Richard CarperAmerica is in desperate need of infrastructure investment: Senate highway bill a step in the right direction FARA should apply to Confucius Institutes The 23 Republicans who opposed Trump-backed budget deal MORE (D-Del.), Dick DurbinRichard (Dick) Joseph DurbinSenate Democrats push Trump to permanently shutter migrant detention facility House panel investigating decision to resume federal executions To combat domestic terrorism, Congress must equip law enforcement to fight rise in white supremacist attacks MORE (D-Ill.) and former Sen. Tom Daschle (D-S.D).

The Bockorny Group promoted Marty DePoy to senior vice president at the firm.   He has been with the lobbying firm for more than a decade and will now help to oversee “all aspects of the firm’s operations,” the firm said in an announcement. DePoy will also head up Bockorny’s financial services practice. Before joining the firm in 2005, he was the vice president of government relations at the National Association of Real Estate Investment Trusts.