Lobbying World

Lobbying World
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Julie Castle has been named the new CEO of the Best Friends Animal Society, an animal welfare group advocating to eliminate euthanasia in animal shelters by 2025. She’ll begin the role on April 16. Castle originally joined the organization in 1994, most recently serving as the chief development, marketing and communications officer, and the group says she grew its revenue by 48 percent to $130 million.

Navigators Global, an all-GOP lobbying firm, hired Sarah Rogers as a vice president of legislative affairs. She’s coming from Walmart, where she served as the director of government affairs. On Capitol Hill, she served as chief of staff to Rep. Patrick Meehan (R-Pa.).

Mitch Rose has become the senior vice president of congressional and federal government affairs at Comcast. He previously served as the senior vice president of government affairs for NBCUniversal, which Comcast acquired in 2013. Rose previously had his own firm, Mitch Rose Strategic Consulting, served as a vice president of government relations for the Walt Disney Company, and spent more than 15 years working on Capitol Hill. 


Comcast also expanded the roles of two high-level officials. Vice President Lindsey Dickinson, who plays a key role in the company’s Senate legislative strategy, will now also lead its efforts in managing the relationships with the Trump administration. Vice President Sam Lancaster will now also work to develop strategy for Comcast’s congressional advocacy.


The U.S. Chamber of Commerce will form a Defense and Aerospace Export Council within its International Affairs Division, to be led by Keith Webster. Webster is coming to the Chamber from the Defense Department, where he most recently worked as the director of international cooperation for the secretary of Defense. He held the role from 2012 to 2017. The Chamber has appointed Ben Schwartz as the executive director. He is the leader of the Chamber’s U.S.-India Business