TRANS-ATLANTIC. Ian Brzezinski has been named a senior fellow in the international security program of the Atlantic Council. Brzezinski is a former deputy assistant secretary of Defense for Europe and NATO policy. He is also a former Capitol Hill staffer, having served as an aide dealing with Europe and Eurasia at the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. Brzezinski is also a former staffer in the personal office of the late Sen. William Roth, R-Del. He is the son of former National Security Adviser Zbigniew Brzezinski and brother of MSNBC anchor Mika Brzezinski. The chairman of the Atlantic Council is former Sen. Chuck Hagel, R-Neb.
EXTERNAL AFFAIRS. Chrysler Group has announced it is making Joseph (Jody) Trapasso its senior vice president for external affairs, which will include federal and state government relations. Trapasso was a senior adviser at the Democratic National Committee during the 2008 election cycle. In addition, he worked as assistant counsel to the president for the Office of Presidential Personnel in the Clinton administration. Most recently, he was a senior counsel at Crowell & Moring. Trapasso has a bachelor's degree from Connecticut College and a law degree from University of Pennsylvania.
CO-OP. The National Council of Farmer Cooperatives has made a couple of promotions. Lisa Kelley, a vice president, will serve as chief of staff for government affairs, and Marlis Carson, a vice president for legal, tax and accounting, is senior vice president. The trade association is headed by president and CEO Charles Conner, formerly deputy secretary at the Agriculture Department.
CELL THERAPY. Among recent lobbying registrations, two former Capitol Hill staffers were enlisted to represent Advanced BioHealing, a company that develops and commercializes living cell therapies to repair damaged human tissue. One is Karina Lynch, a former counsel to the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations. She is also a former investigative counsel at the Senate Aging Committee. Michael Beer, who was a senior legislative assistant to former Rep. David Hobson, R-Ohio, signed on to represent Advanced BioHealing. Both Beer and Lynch are housed at the firm Williams & Jensen. Two other former Hill staffers recently registered to represent Orchid Cellmark, a New Jersey-based company that does DNA testing: Jennifer Cave, a former special assistant at the Senate Armed Services Committee and an ex-aide to former Sen. John Warner, R-Va.; and Cybele Daley, who was an aide at the Senate Appropriations Committee in the early 1990s and later worked as chief of congressional affairs for the U.S. Marshals Service. Cave and Daley now work for Van Scoyoc Associates.
This article appears in the June 19, 2010, edition of NJ Daily.