Lobbying World

Lobbying World
© Greg Nash

• Sard Verbinnen & Co. (SVC) launched a new public affairs arm called SVC Public Affairs with an office in Washington, bringing on former Deputy U.S. Trade Representative Miriam Sapiro and Bruce Haynes, who co-founded public relations firm Purple Strategies, to lead it. The two will also be managing directors at SVC. SVC Public Affairs also brought on Ed Gillespie to serve as chairman of the new firm. The two-time GOP Virginia gubernatorial candidate will also be a managing director at SVC. Gillespie served as the chairman of the Republican National Committee and as a counselor to former President George W. Bush and founded the lobbying firm Quinn Gillespie & Associates.

• Mayer Brown hired Yoshihide Ito away from Morgan Lewis in order to provide more services to its Japanese clients. Ito specializes in trade policy, sanctions and embargo issues, immigration and relations between the governments of Japan and the U.S.


• Marathon Strategies hired three for its New York City and Washington offices: James Atkins, Joshua

Baca and Anthony Hogrebe. Atkins most recently served as a managing director at Burson-Marsteller’s U.S. corporate and financial practice. Baca comes from DDC Public Affairs and previously worked on Mitt RomneyWillard (Mitt) Mitt RomneyCongress closer to forcing Trump’s hand on Saudi support Trump tweets video mocking Dems not cheering during State of the Union For 2020, Democrats are lookin’ for somebody to love MORE’s 2012 presidential bid. Hogrebe was at the New York City Economic Development Corporation, and before that worked at advocacy firm Engine. 

• Betsy Barrett has joined North America’s Building Trades Unions as director of communications and marketing. She previously worked at Food Policy Action, the Glover Park Group and the Internet Association, among other places.

• Bridget Early has been named the new executive director of the National Public Pension Coalition. She most recently served as the director of legislative and political affairs for the Chicago Federation of Labor.

• Heritage Action for America has selected Tim Chapman, who serves as its chief operating officer, to be its executive director. He previously served as chief of staff to Heritage Foundation President Ed Feulner and worked for former Sen. Jim DeMint (R-S.C.). DeMint served as president of the Heritage Foundation from 2013 until 2017, when he was ousted by the group’s board.