Lobbying World

Rod Allison, acting deputy administrator at the Transportation Security Administration (TSA), will be vice president of operational security at CLEAR. He was appointed to his role at TSA in November 2015 and was named director of the Federal Air Marshal Service in June 2014. 


Clifford Sweatte joined Akin Gump as a senior policy adviser. Sweatte was an aviation officer and global lead for the World Food Programme’s remotely piloted aircraft systems (RPAS) initiative and was based in Italy. Before that, he served as an RPAS technical officer at the International Civil Aviation Organization. 

Fulcrum Public Affairs announced that its first hire after launching in January is Aaron Trujillo. He will be a vice president. Trujillo was chief of staff at the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee and before that was associate director of the Office of Legislative and Intergovernmental Affairs at the Commerce Department.  

Jeremy Newell joined Covington and Burling’s financial services group as a partner. He was previously executive vice president, general counsel and chief operating officer at the Bank Policy Institute for a year and before that was executive managing director of the Clearing House.

Wilkinson Barker Knauer announced that Nicholas Alexander joined the firm as a partner. He was previously staff attorney and manager in the Wireline Competition Bureau of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). He was also special counsel in the Office of Strategic Planning and Policy and a legal adviser to three members of the FCC.

Michael Stroud and William Powers joined Nossaman’s public policy practice group as partners. Stroud was vice president and general counsel at Federal Advocates Inc. and previously was deputy chief counsel of the House Homeland Security Committee and worked at the Homeland Security Department as a presidential appointee. Powers founded Rubin and Rudman’s Political Law Practice Group and was previously assistant general counsel for enforcement at the Office of the General Counsel at the Federal Election Committee.

Alex Gangitano