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Cindy Brown has joined Forbes Tate Partners as a partner. She has previously worked at West Front Strategies, served as the vice president for legislative strategies at the Campaign to Fix the Debt, was a principal at Mehlman Castagnetti Rosen & Thomas, then known as Mehlman Vogel Castagnetti, and worked as the chief of staff to Rep. Ron KindRonald (Ron) James KindCongressional authority in a time of Trump executive overreach Trump tax breaks for low-income neighborhoods draw scrutiny Alcohol industry races to save tax break by year-end deadline MORE (D-Wis.).

Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld hired Brendan Dunn away from the office of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellSherrod Brown backs new North American trade deal: 'This will be the first trade agreement I've ever voted for' McConnell: Bevin pardons 'completely inappropriate' House panel to hold hearing, vote on Trump's new NAFTA proposal MORE (R-Ky.). Dunn served as McConnell’s chief adviser and also worked with GOP leadership on tax, trade and financial services issues. Before that, Dunn worked as special counsel and the general counsel of the Senate Finance Committee. He begins his new role on May 24. 

Capitol Counsel has founded a new trade practice. Rep. Charles BoustanyCharles William BoustanyMarch tariff increase would cost 934K jobs, advocacy group says Bottom Line On The Money: US adds 155k jobs in November | Unemployment holds at 3.7 percent | Wage growth strengthening | Trump signs stopgap spending bill delaying shutdown MORE (R-La.) will serve as chairman of the practice, and Josh Kardon, former chief of staff to Sen. Ron WydenRonald (Ron) Lee WydenThe Hill's Morning Report — Sponsored by AdvaMed — House panel delays impeachment vote until Friday Senators zero in on shadowy court at center of IG report Trump administration approves Medicaid work requirements in South Carolina MORE (D-Ore.), will serve as co-chairman. Others from the firm — Bruce Hirsh, a former senior official in the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative, and Martin Gold — will also be involved.

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Rebecca Spicer, who runs communications for the National Beer Wholesalers Association, will be joining Airlines for America (A4A) as its senior vice president of communications. She starts at A4A next month. Her previous experience includes serving as associate director of communications for the George W. Bush administration and working for more than a decade in television news.


• Banking giant HSBC has named former Treasury Department official Matt Kellogg its senior vice president for public affairs in its Washington office. Kellogg will be part of the company’s global public policy and government relations team, “responsible for coordinating prudential bank regulatory activity in the United States.” He comes from the Treasury Department, where he served as deputy assistant secretary of banking and finance within the Office of Legislative Affairs. Before that, Kellogg worked as a senior policy adviser and counsel to House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthyKevin Owen McCarthyOn The Money: Trump, China announce 'Phase One' trade deal | Supreme Court takes up fight over Trump financial records | House panel schedules hearing, vote on new NAFTA deal House panel to hold hearing, vote on Trump's new NAFTA proposal House passes sweeping Pelosi bill to lower drug prices MORE (R-Calif.) and as general counsel at the Independent Petroleum Association of America.