LEAD NAVIGATOR. Meghan Johnson's favorite sport is indigenous to Washington. "Politics is the full-contact sport I pay attention to," she says. Johnson, who is joining Navigators Global LLC as senior vice president, will deal with "all kinds of cats and dogs" in her position, including safety and pension issues on behalf of automaker General Motors Corp. She was most recently chief of staff for Rep. Linda Sanchez, D-Calif. Prior to joining Sanchez's office, she spent six years with the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, where she coordinated fundraising and worked with House leadership. Johnson grew up in Houston and earned a degree in political science from Texas Tech University.
TAKE NOTICE. Angela Kuck is joining Public Notice as director of communications and policy. She was most recently communications director for the House Budget Committee, a position she held for nearly a decade. "People have speculated that I am the longest-serving communications director" in the committee's history, Kuck says. She grew up in New Bremen, Ohio, a farming town of about 2,000. After graduating from the University of Cincinnati with a degree in political science and a minor in journalism, Kuck joined the now-defunct Voter News Service, which conducted exit polling on behalf of major networks and news services. On Election Night 2000, the Voter News Service "called the results in Florida a little early," Kuck recalls, leading news anchors around the country to erroneously call the election for then-Vice President Al Gore. When the group disbanded soon thereafter, Kuck headed to Washington, where she joined the staff of former Rep. Jim Nussle, R-Iowa, as his personal assistant. She relocated to the Budget Committee's press office when Nussle became chairman, and she remained there when he was succeeded by ranking member Paul Ryan in 2007.
HEAVENLY TITLE. Pete Stoneberg is the new deputy CIO, government cloud, and vice president, cloud delivery, for RightNow, a Montana-based software company. Most recently vice president of customer care and cloud services at the company, Stoneberg has had a direct role in implementing "cloud" computing for agencies within the Defense Department and HHS. "My goal is to help agencies quickly transition to the secure cloud while meeting stringent security requirements. ... The U.S. government is a rapidly growing business for RightNow," Stoneberg said in a statement.
This article appears in the June 19, 2010, edition of NJ Daily.