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• Sara DePaul is the new senior director for technology enforcement at the Software & Information Industry Association. She most recently worked for the Federal Trade Commission’s Office of International Affairs. 

• Juliet Guerra has been named director of media relations at the National Automobile Dealers Association. She previously worked for the business management consulting firm The Herald Group for three and a half years, most recently as the senior director of public affairs.


• S-3 Public Affairs welcomed Hastie Afkhami as the new head of digital. Afkhamo was most recently senior vice president of digital at Subject Matter and before that worked for the Podesta Group. Zach Gillan also joined S-3 Public Affairs on the research team. He previously managed political and issue advocacy research for the Congressional Leadership Fund.

• The National Association of Realtors recently named Mantill Williams vice president of public relations and communications strategy. He was director of advocacy communications at the American Public Transportation Association. Also, Susan Welter was named vice president of creative and content strategy and previously worked as vice president of business development at WorkerBee.TV.

• National Taxpayers Union hired Leah Vukmir as vice president of state affairs. Vukmir served in the Wisconsin state Senate from 2011 to 2018 and prior to that served in the state House from 2002 to 2010.

• Elinor Hiller is rejoining Alston & Bird as a partner in their Washington, D.C., office. Hiller most recently was at the Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services (CMS), where she served as a senior adviser to CMS Administrator Seema Verma. Hiller, who was an attorney at Alston & Bird for seven years before joining CMS, will be part of the firm’s expanded health care policy team.