INTO THE FUTURE. Jennifer Leib has teamed up with colleague Robert Wells to launch HealthFutures. The operation specializes in “next generation” health care and preventive treatment. Leib and Wells come from the Washington office of Affymetrix, a company that develops technology to manage genetic information. Leib has worked for the National Institutes of Health and was detailed to the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee under Sen. Edward Kennedy, D-Mass.
PROGRESSIVE POLITICS. Nikki Enfield will be executive director of Democratic GAIN, a professional development organization for political progressives. She was recently on the finance team of the presidential campaign of Sen. Christopher Dodd, D-Conn. Enfield has also worked on Howard Dean’s presidential campaign.
HILL VETERAN. Patrick Devlin, the new communications director for Sen. Jon Tester, D-Mont., interned for Rep. Rick Boucher, D-Va., while he was earning his bachelors degree from Virginia Tech. Around that time, the Virginia native realized he wanted to pursue a career on Capitol Hill. Devlin has since worked as personal assistant to the late Rep. Les Aspin, D-Wis., legislative director for Rep. Rosa DeLauro, D-Conn., and Rep. Bob Etheridge, D-N.C. and a legislative assistant for Rep. Jim Chapman, D-Texas.
COMMUNICATIONS SAVVY. Angela Barranco is the communications director for Rep. Joseph Crowley, D-N.Y. She recently worked as the press secretary for Rep. Ciro Rodriguez, D-Texas. She has also been a science fellow for Rep. Eliot Engel, D-N.Y. She worked on Tim Kaine’s successful 2005 bid for governor in Virginia and ran the congressional campaign for Christine Jennings in Florida.
This article appears in the April 12, 2008, edition of National Journal Daily.