Lobbying World

Lobbying World
© Greg Nash

Jonathan Grossman, a partner in Cozen O’Connor’s business law department, has been named the co-managing partner of the firm’s Washington office.

Megan Van Etten is leaving the U.S. Chamber of Commerce for the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America, where she will serve as the senior director of public affairs. She had been with the Chamber for three years, and before that worked at the Beer Institute.

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A group of bipartisan firms, including those with ties to the Congressional Black Caucus and the Congressional Hispanic Caucus, is forming an official partnership that aims “to help clients forge areas of agreement between seemingly divergent constituencies with Tea-Party conservatives and the Republican Study Committee on the right and the Congressional Black Caucus and Congressional Hispanic Caucus on the left,” according to a release. “The firm will advocate commonsense policies that help low- and moderate-income communities.” The firms and lobbyists included in the partnership, called United by Interest, include Sam Geduldig, a partner at CGCN Group, Michael Williams of the Williams Group, David Morgan of D. Morgan & Partners, Jennifer Stewart of Stewart Strategies & Solutions, Joe Velasquez of Velasquez & Associates and Jim Terry of TDS Public Affairs.

Several former Obama administration officials have hung their own shingle on K Street, launching a strategic advisory firm called WestExec Advisors. Those involved include former under secretary of Defense for policy Michèle Flournoy and former deputy secretary of State Tony Blinken, who are co-founders, and more than a dozen other Obama administration alums either working at the firm or serving as senior advisers to WestExec Advisors. The firm will do no lobbying.