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Seven Letter, the newly rebranded strategic communications firm, hired David Knaus as a director. Previously, Knaus was a senior campaign aide to former Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner (R). The company also added two of their fellows as content specialists, Justin Krakoff and Alfonso Hidalgo.

CompTIA, the trade association for the global technology industry, announced that Savannah Schaefer has joined the advocacy team as senior director. Schaefer served as policy counsel at the Telecommunications Industry Association. Before that, she was a fellow at the Federal Communications Commission in its Wireless Competition Bureau.

The Association for Advanced Life Underwriting and GAMA International will combine to create a new organization that represents the financial security industry. It will have a new name and be operating together by June 2020.


Jordan Stone, previously a professional staff member for the Senate Appropriations Committee, will be assistant vice president for government affairs at the Association of American Railroads. 

The U.S. Institute of Peace appointed Jill Welch as vice president of external relations. Welch was deputy executive director for public policy at NAFSA: The Association of International Educators.

The Association of Equipment Manufacturers promoted Kip Eideberg to senior vice president of government and industry relations. He will head the Washington office. Eideberg has been interim head for six months and has been with the association for more than three years. Before that, he was at Finn Partners and Edelman.

The Master Limited Partnership Association (MLPA) is now the Energy Infrastructure Council. The decision to change the name was unanimously approved by the MLPA’s board of directors and reflects the association’s work to adapt to the evolving industry landscape for master limited partnerships, which are in the energy space.

Eric Ransom, a former attorney with the Government Accountability Office Procurement Law Division and a former attorney with the Senate Committee on Rules and Administration, has joined Crowell & Moring as senior counsel in its Government Contracts Group.

K&L Gates added Doug Hall to its Public Policy and Law Practice. Hall is a retired United States Air Force colonel and most recently was director of congressional and interagency affairs with the United States Transportation Command.