TAX WOMAN. Stacey Rolland has been named by House Speaker Pelosi as her new policy adviser on tax issues. Rolland comes to the Democratic leader's staff from the Treasury Department, where she worked in the Office of Legislative Affairs. She previously was tax counsel for Rep. Xavier Becerra, D-Calif., the vice chairman of House Democratic Caucus and a member of the Ways and Means Committee. Rolland has a law degree from UCLA and a bachelor's degree in sociology and women's studies from Smith College. She replaces Arshi Siddiqui, who recently left Pelosi's office for the private sector.
TAX MAN. Matthew M. Berger is joining the National Multi Housing Council as vice president of tax. In the position, Berger will promote the tax priorities of housing owners, which he said in the short term means "defeating the onerous carried interest proposal," a tax under consideration in the Senate targeting venture capital and private equity firms. Berger, who just turned 32, worked on the staff of the Senate Small Business Committee under Small Business ranking member Olympia Snowe, including stints as a staff economist and press secretary. Prior to joining the Small Business Committee, he worked as tax manager for Deloitte Tax LLP, where he monitored federal tax policy on behalf of clients. Berger has an economics degree from Stanford University.
RUNNING RULES. Muftiah McCartin, who has been named special counsel at Covington & Burling, is by all accounts a parliamentary guru. She has served as managing editor of House Rules and Manual and House Practice and in 1991 she became the first woman appointed a parliamentarian. Most recently, McCartin was staff director of the House Rules Committee, a position that required both parliamentary expertise and political savvy. On May 12, her last day on Capitol Hill, she was praised by senior lawmakers in both parties, including House Speaker Pelosi and House Rules ranking member David Dreier. McCartin graduated from Northeastern University and received her law degree from Georgetown University, where she was an editor for the journal "Law and Policy in International Business." At Covington & Burling, she will join the firm's government affairs practice and its running team in Saturday's Lawyers Have Heart 10K. "My life on the Hill has been pretty crazy in the last several years, so I have not been running as much as I'd like to," says McCartin.
This article appears in the June 12, 2010, edition of NJ Daily.