HEALTHY HELPING. Mary B. Langowski, a former aide to Sen. Tom Harkin, D-Iowa, is joining DLA Piper, a global legal service provider. As senior policy adviser, Langowski will work with former Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle, D-S.D., and former Sen. Mel Martinez, R-Fla., to grow the firm's healthcare practice. From 2001-04, Langowski was one of Harkin's top aides, managing his healthcare policy initiatives. Prior to that, she was chief policy adviser at the Iowa Department of Public Health under then-Gov. Tom Vilsack. She has bachelor's and master's degrees from Drake University and a law degree from the University of Iowa.
WIRED COUNSEL. Josh Gottheimer, who was a speechwriter for former President Bill Clinton, has been named senior counselor to FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski. Gottheimer was most recently executive vice president at public relations giants Burson-Marsteller. Before that, he was director of strategic communications at Ford Motor Co., where he oversaw the automaker's public affairs operation in Washington. After leaving the White House, Gottheimer became an adviser to the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights. The Harvard Law School alumnus has worked for a number of political campaigns, including the 2004 presidential campaign of Sen. John Kerry, D-Mass.
CLEANUP ON AISLE 1. For Dan Turrentine, clean technology is where it's at. After a decade in the trenches of Democratic politics, he comes to TechNet as the vice president for emerging technologies and special initiatives. TechNet promotes growth in the tech sector, and its membership includes everyone from Apple to Zing. Its new policy council will draw on Turrentine's experience to educate lawmakers on what the industry needs to succeed. In 2007, he founded the Churchill Road Group, a political consulting and fundraising firm that counts Colorado Gov. Bill Ritter as a former client. It was while working with Ritter that Turrentine developed a passion for clean technology, he said. "It's really the next frontier of American innovation," he said.
SPEAKING FOR EMILY. Jess McIntosh, former spokeswoman for Sen. Al Franken, D-Minn., is the new deputy communications director at EMILY's List, which supports pro-choice female candidates. Before joining Franken's Senate campaign in 2008, McIntosh was communications director for Minnesota's Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party. She is also a veteran of New York politics, having worked for Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer and New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg.
This article appears in the June 26, 2010, edition of NJ Daily.