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.

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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 KlobucharDemocrats detail new strategy to pressure McConnell on election security bills Democrats detail new strategy to pressure McConnell on election security bills Biden, Sanders to be center stage at first debate MORE (D-Minn.), Tom CarperThomas (Tom) Richard CarperBipartisan senators propose forcing EPA to set drinking water standard for 'forever chemicals' Bipartisan senators propose forcing EPA to set drinking water standard for 'forever chemicals' Overnight Energy: Prosecutors drop charges over Flint water crisis | US blames Iran for attack on oil tankers | Air Force diverted M for chemical cleanup costs | Criminal cases referred by Interior at near 25-year low MORE (D-Del.), Dick DurbinRichard (Dick) Joseph DurbinOvernight Defense: Shanahan exit shocks Washington | Pentagon left rudderless | Lawmakers want answers on Mideast troop deployment | Senate could vote on Saudi arms deal this week | Pompeo says Trump doesn't want war with Iran Senators demand Trump explain decision to deploy troops amid Iran tensions Senators demand Trump explain decision to deploy troops amid Iran tensions 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.