UNDER THE HEATHER. Ben Klein has signed on with the lobby office Heather Podesta + Partners. Klein was most recently legislative director for Sen. Byron Dorgan, D-N.D. Before that, Klein was a legislative assistant on healthcare and education issues for Dorgan. Replacing Klein as Dorgan's legislative director is Jeremy Bratt, who has worked as a senior professional staff member at the House Agriculture Committee and was also a deputy chief of staff and L.D. for Rep. Tim Walz, D-Minn. In his new position with Heather Podesta, Klein expects to work on energy, health care and taxes. In addition to his time with Dorgan, Klein has worked in the government relations arena at the American Heart Association and the American Cancer Society. "I think I've had a different career path than some who spend some time on the Hill and then leave the Hill. I started first doing lobbying work, which I think was terrific because it gave me a really good perspective on healthcare issues and the nonprofit sector," he says. "Coming back off the Hill now, I think I have a sense of how the world works out here." Klein is a Westfield, N.J., native. He earned a bachelor's degree in economics and a master's degree in public health from George Washington University.
CRAZY LIKE. Jan Fox is a new senior energy executive for the consulting firm PRTM in Washington. She was general counsel and executive vice president of regulatory affairs for Strategic Energy, a subsidiary of Great Plains Energy. Fox has also worked on regulatory matters for law firm Dewey & LeBoeuf.
STREET RESEARCH. Tim Farnsworth has been brought on board at K Street Research to serve as director of research and communications. In addition to research, he's expected to manage KSR's Internet presence. Farnsworth worked as a research manager for KSCW Inc., a government relations firm. He graduated from State University of New York at Oswego. K Street Research bills itself as a "non-lobbying entity" that provides government and political research, as well as administrative services, to clients.
SETZER UP. Christy Setzer has announced she's started a public relations and communications consulting firm called New Heights Communications. Setzer recently worked in communications for the Service Employees International Union. She has political experience as national press secretary for the presidential campaign of Sen. Christopher Dodd, D-Conn. A graduate of Vassar College and a native of the Philadelphia suburbs, Setzer also worked as press secretary for former Vice President Al Gore's 2000 presidential campaign in Iowa.
This article appears in the May 15, 2010 edition of NJ Daily.