TAXED. Starting next month, Donald Marron will be the director of the Urban-Brookings Tax Policy Center, a joint venture between the Urban Institute and Brookings Institution. Marron spent time as a member of the President's Council of Economic Advisers during the administration of former President George W. Bush and as acting director of CBO. He also worked for the Joint Economic Committee for two years as an economist. Since leaving his White House post, Marron has been a visiting professor of public policy at Georgetown University.
GOING GEPHARDT. Kyle Mulhall and Scott Brenner have joined Gephardt Government Affairs. Mulhall served as a senior policy adviser for former House Majority Leader Richard Gephardt, D-Mo., from 1995 to 2003. Before that, he was an attorney with the Transportation Department. He also served on the staff of former Sen. Walter Huddleston, D-Ky., in 1984. Brenner got his start on Capitol Hill as a press secretary for former Rep. Bill McCollum, R-Fla., and also worked for former Rep. Clay Shaw, R-Fla. He was also communications director on the House Ways and Means Committee. He was chief of external affairs at the Homeland Security Department from 2005 to 2007 and also held posts at the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and the FAA.
FAMILY BUSINESS. Douglas Rivlin has joined the staff of Rep. Luis Gutierrez, D-Ill., as press secretary. His mother, Alice Rivlin, was the first director of CBO, OMB director for former President Bill Clinton and was a vice chairwoman of the Federal Reserve. She is now a Brookings Institution fellow and a member of President Obama's deficit-reduction task force. Douglas Rivlin comes to Capitol Hill after nearly a decade at the National Immigration Forum, where he was senior director of communications. Advocating for immigrants is something of a Rivlin family business. His wife, Clarissa Martinez de Castro, is director of immigration and national campaigns at the National Council of La Raza. Douglas Rivlin calls his new post a "perfect fit" because his boss puts priority on the issue as chairman of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus' immigration task force. "I've been working on immigration reform for a long time, and the congressman is the leader of that effort," he says.
BREW CREW. Jason Brewer is working as vice president of communications and advocacy for the Retail Industry Leaders Association. Brewer spent the past three years as senior media manager at the National Federation of Independent Business. Before that, he was spokesman for former Michigan state House Speaker Craig DeRoche, a Republican.
This article appears in the April 17, 2010, edition of NJ Daily.