LIKE A LYON. Business and Professional Women/USA has named Rachel Lyons as its new director of public policy. Lyons was most recently deputy political director for the presidential campaign of Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton, D-N.Y., in Manchester, N.H. Lyons also was a director of the American Arts Alliance and has done voting work for Planned Parenthood and NARAL Pro-Choice America. Business and Professional Women/USA is a nonpartisan membership group founded in 1919 — “before women had the vote,” Lyons points out — that advocates for equity for women in the workplace.
NEW HOUSE. Former HUD official Orlando Cabrera has taken a job as CEO of the National Community Renaissance, an organization that operates 9,500 affordable apartments in six states. From late 2005 through January of this year, Cabrera served as assistant secretary for public and Indian housing at HUD. Cabrera — not to be confused with the shortstop for the Chicago White Sox of the same name — was executive director of the Florida Housing Finance Corporation. He also served on former Florida Republican Gov. Jeb Bush’s Hurricane Housing Work Group.
LONE STAR BOUND. Alisha Prather, communications director for the House Science Committee, is leaving to become the director of communications for the new Galveston National Lab in Galveston, Texas. Prather had been with the committee for the past three and a half years. Prather had spent eight years working for former Rep. Chris John, D-La. In addition, she has been communications coordinator for the Blue Dog Coalition. Prather, who has a bachelor’s degree from Baylor University and a master’s degree from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, worked for the Radio and Television News Directors Foundation in Washington.
This article appears in the April 19, 2008, edition of National Journal Daily.