FAREWELL SPEAKER. Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld has landed House Speaker Pelosi's senior policy adviser and counsel, Arshi Siddiqui. She will join the firm in its policy practice. Siddiqui joined Pelosi's staff in 2003. She has worked on health reform, the stimulus package and financial regulatory reform. Before joining Pelosi's office, Siddiqui worked in private practice in Washington. She started on Capitol Hill as an aide to former Rep. Eva Clayton, D-N.C., and Rep. Xavier Becerra, D-Calif. She received her bachelor's degree from the University of California, Davis and her law degree from Georgetown University.
REGULATORY CHANGE. Suedeen Kelly, a former commissioner with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, has joined Patton Boggs to work on energy issues. Kelly served six years at the agency spanning the Bush and Obama administrations. She previously served as an aide to Senate Energy and Natural Resources Chairman Jeff Bingaman. At FERC, Kelly focused on oversight and regulation for electricity and natural gas wholesale markets as well as smart-grid issues. She has also served as a lawyer in private practice at Ruckelshaus, Beveridge, Fairbanks & Diamond and as a managing partner at Luebben, Hughes & Kelly based in Albuquerque, N.M. One gig brought her to the Natural Resources Defense Council. She taught energy law for more than a decade at the University of New Mexico Law School.
CHIEF ENGINEER. Jay Farrar has been promoted to the top spot in engineering giant Bechtel's Washington office. He launched his career on the Hill as a legislative fellow to former Sen. William Armstrong, R-Colo. He also worked at the National Security Council as director of legislative affairs and as a legislative assistant. He was deputy assistant secretary for legislative affairs under then-Defense Secretary William Cohen during the Clinton administration. Farrar is a retired Marine Corps officer. He was senior vice president of external affairs at the Center for Strategic and International Studies and senior vice president of government affairs for CH2M HILL, a Denver-based engineering and construction company.
BANK SHOT. The Mortgage Bankers Association has promoted Josh Denney to vice president of public policy. He has worked there since 2004 as the organization's primary liaison with Senate Republicans. He worked as staff director on the Senate Banking International Trade Subcommittee and as a legislative assistant to former Sen. Chuck Hagel, R-Neb. Before that, he worked at Powell Tate, a public affairs firm. He has a master's degree in political management from George Washington University.
This article appears in the April 24, 2010, edition of NJ Daily.