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Brianna Mcclane and Christopher Snow Hopkins
Oct. 4, 2012, noon

IN­TEREST GROUPS

Jes­sica Boulanger

Jessica Boulanger--Business Roundtable ©2012 Richard A. Bloom

Jes­sica Boulanger, a spokes­per­son for the House Re­pub­lic­an lead­er­ship in the early and mid-2000s, is the new vice pres­id­ent of com­mu­nic­a­tions at the Busi­ness Roundtable. She will re­port to Seni­or Vice Pres­id­ent Tita Free­man, who joined the or­gan­iz­a­tion in Feb­ru­ary. To­geth­er, they will be re­spons­ible for the group’s ex­tern­al po­s­i­tion­ing at a time when its sig­na­ture is­sue, job cre­ation, has nev­er been more rel­ev­ant. “There is not a pres­id­en­tial race in re­cent memory where jobs and the eco­nomy were so front and cen­ter,” says Boulanger, 35.

Hail­ing from Fre­do­nia, N.Y., Boulanger at­ten­ded Syra­cuse Uni­versity and cut her teeth as an in­tern for then-Sen. Al D’Am­ato, R-N.Y., and then-Rep. Jim Walsh, R-N.Y. After a stop at a New York City-based pub­lic-re­la­tions firm, she landed on Cap­it­ol Hill as deputy press sec­ret­ary for then-House Re­pub­lic­an Whip Tom DeLay, R-Texas. She went on to be­come press sec­ret­ary for DeLay’s suc­cessor as GOP whip, Rep. Roy Blunt of Mis­souri, and then com­mu­nic­a­tions dir­ect­or for the Na­tion­al Re­pub­lic­an Con­gres­sion­al Com­mit­tee. Be­fore join­ing the Busi­ness Roundtable, Boulanger was vice pres­id­ent of pub­lic af­fairs at New Me­dia Strategies, based in Ar­ling­ton, Va. In 2009, she cre­ated a line of con­tem­por­ary ma­ter­nity wear.

She is mar­ried to Todd Boulanger, one of two dozen lob­by­ists, law­makers, Hill aides, and gov­ern­ment of­fi­cials who were en­snared in the Jack Ab­ramoff cor­rup­tion scan­dal. Todd Boulanger pleaded guilty to brib­ing con­gres­sion­al aides with meals and tick­ets to sport­ing events and was sen­tenced to a month in a halfway house.

Chris­toph­er Snow Hop­kins

Cheri Falvey-Crowell and Moring ©2012 Richard A. Bloom

AT THE BAR

Cheryl Falvey

In Au­gust 2007, Mat­tel re­called 1 mil­lion toys coated with lead paint. Of the tain­ted playthings — all of which had been man­u­fac­tured in China — 300,000 were already in the hands of Amer­ic­an con­sumers.

One year later, Pres­id­ent Bush signed the Con­sumer Product Safety Im­prove­ment Act, which es­tab­lished new lim­its on lead and phthal­ate levels in chil­dren’s products. The le­gis­la­tion im­posed strict im­ple­ment­a­tion dead­lines — which set the tempo for life at the Con­sumer Product Safety Com­mis­sion.

“Im­ple­ment­ing that law was cer­tainly the most de­mand­ing part of my job,” says Cheryl (Cheri) Falvey, 50, who this month joins Crow­ell & Mor­ing as a part­ner in the law firm’s torts group and product risk-man­age­ment prac­tice after four and a half years as CPSC’s gen­er­al coun­sel. “I ar­rived six months be­fore the law was passed, and dur­ing my time there, we did two rule-mak­ings every six months.”

The goal was to in­ter­cept faulty or dan­ger­ous products be­fore they got to con­sumers. It was a thor­oughgo­ing over­haul of the com­mis­sion’s en­abling le­gis­la­tion — and not without un­in­ten­ded con­sequences. The law was meant to bar dan­ger­ous sub­stances from “things that in­fants can sleep with or suck on,” Falvey ex­plains, but it also covered youth-sized all-ter­rain vehicles (be­cause of their lead-acid bat­ter­ies). The act man­dated third-party test­ing to prove com­pli­ance — an ex­pens­ive pro­pos­i­tion for most toy makers.

In 2011, Con­gress re­vised the man­date, eas­ing some of these re­stric­tions. “There was a real ef­fort to strike the right bal­ance between the cost of the test­ing and the need to keep kids safe,” Falvey says.

In a blog post, CPSC Com­mis­sion­er Nancy Nord praised Falvey as “someone who had the wis­dom to know what the agency lead­er­ship needed to hear and the cour­age to say it. If our gen­er­al coun­sel “… had to worry about keep­ing her job if she told a com­mis­sion­er something he or she didn’t want to hear, then we wouldn’t really have a law­yer. We would have a sy­co­phant, use­ful to the egos of the “˜cor­rectly aligned’ com­mis­sion­ers but use­less or even dan­ger­ous to the health of the agency.”

The daugh­ter of an Army of­ficer, Falvey at­ten­ded Holton-Arms, an all-girls private school in Beth­esda, Md., and then stud­ied eco­nom­ics and polit­ic­al sci­ence at Welles­ley Col­lege. She traces her in­terest in polit­ic­al af­fairs to “com­mut­ing to [school] with my fath­er and listen­ing to WTOP.”

After col­lege, Falvey earned a law de­gree from Geor­getown Uni­versity and then prac­ticed as a lit­ig­at­or at New York City-based Dewey Bal­lan­tine, a fore­run­ner of Dewey & Le­B­oeuf. She spent two dec­ades in the Wash­ing­ton of­fice of Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld, where her work re­volved around chem­ic­al ex­pos­ure, or the “in­ter­sec­tion of sci­ence and the law,” she says.

“My job was mak­ing sure that junk sci­ence didn’t play out in the courtroom, that de­cision-mak­ing was al­ways based on sol­id sci­ence.”

C.S.H.

CON­SULT­ING GAME

Scott Hatch

Scott Hatch, a former ex­ec­ut­ive dir­ect­or of the Na­tion­al Re­pub­lic­an Con­gres­sion­al Com­mit­tee, has joined the Wash­ing­ton of­fice of Los Angeles-based Man­att, Phelps & Phil­lips. He was re­cruited to the firm by Jim Bon­ham, chair­man of the fed­er­al gov­ern­ment-af­fairs and pub­lic-policy prac­tice, after the two re­con­nec­ted this sum­mer to dis­cuss a shared ac­count.

Party polit­ics not­with­stand­ing, Hatch says that he re­gards Bon­ham as a kindred spir­it. The lat­ter served as ex­ec­ut­ive dir­ect­or of the Demo­crat­ic Con­gres­sion­al Cam­paign Com­mit­tee in the early 2000s.

Hatch, now 44, was something of a Re­pub­lic­an prodigy: At 26, he be­came chief floor as­sist­ant for then-House Ma­jor­ity Whip Tom DeLay, R-Texas, and, at 30, the young­est ex­ec­ut­ive dir­ect­or in the NR­CC’s his­tory.

His charmed ca­reer — and sub­sequent re­mov­al from the NR­CC a year after tak­ing over — were the sub­ject of a 2000 cov­er story in The Wash­ing­ton Post magazine, which sug­ges­ted that his de­par­ture was or­ches­trated by the Re­pub­lic­an lead­er­ship. Ac­cord­ing to the art­icle, Hatch’s mar­tial de­mean­or — “This is a war; and we gotta win,” he told the magazine — rankled then-NR­CC Chair­man Tom Dav­is of Vir­gin­ia.

Whatever the in­side story, Hatch re­boun­ded al­most im­me­di­ately, es­tab­lish­ing Cap­it­ol Man­age­ment Ini­ti­at­ives in 2001 to help rock mu­si­cian Bono launch his ONE Cam­paign, which was in­stru­ment­al in passing the le­gis­lat­ive frame­work for the Pres­id­ent’s Emer­gency Plan for AIDS Re­lief, launched by George W. Bush.

The son of a home­build­er in Green­wich, Conn., Hatch is a “product of the Re­agan gen­er­a­tion,” he says. Upon gradu­at­ing from the Uni­versity of Notre Dame, he came dir­ectly to Wash­ing­ton, where his first job was in the of­fice of then-Rep. Jack Buech­ner, R-Mo.

After work­ing on the abort­ive con­gres­sion­al cam­paign of an ob­scure Ohio county com­mis­sion­er, Hatch signed on as a policy ana­lyst at the U.S. Cham­ber of Com­merce, fol­lowed by a stint with a fun­drais­ing arm of the NR­CC. When the Re­pub­lic­ans took over the House in the 1994 midterm elec­tions, Hatch en­lis­ted in DeLay’s suc­cess­ful cam­paign for ma­jor­ity whip.

True to his roots, Hatch is a ma­ni­ac­al Notre Dame foot­ball fan.

C.S.H.

AT THE BAR

Le­onard Chan­in

For the past sev­en years, Le­onard Chan­in has been sharpen­ing his reg­u­la­tion skills at the Fed­er­al Re­serve Board and the Con­sumer Fin­an­cial Pro­tec­tion Bur­eau. He is leav­ing the bur­eau to re­join Mor­ris­on and Fo­er­ster as part­ner, bring­ing his reg­u­la­tion ex­pert­ise to the firm’s fin­an­cial-ser­vices prac­tice.

At his most re­cent post at the CFPB, Chan­in served as as­sist­ant dir­ect­or of the Of­fice of Reg­u­la­tions. He joined the bur­eau in April 2011 on a de­tail from the Fed­er­al Re­serve, about three months be­fore the agency was of­fi­cially launched by the Dodd-Frank fin­an­cial-re­form law. “They wanted to get folks in as early as they could to try and set up pro­ced­ures, hire people, set up pro­cesses, and the like,” he says.

His re­turn to the private sec­tor may be a res­ult of the “sev­en-year itch,” Chan­in says. “In the scheme of things, it was a fairly long time to be do­ing that,” he says. And the de­cision to re­turn to Mor­ris­on and Fo­er­ster was an easy one be­cause it was a firm he was “com­fort­able with and knew quite well.”

One be­ne­fit that the private sec­tor of­fers is in­volve­ment in product de­vel­op­ment. Chan­in, 55, says he is look­ing for­ward to provid­ing leg­al and com­pli­ance ad­vice for new products and product-de­liv­ery chan­nels.

The Geor­gia nat­ive didn’t im­me­di­ately think he’d pur­sue a ca­reer in reg­u­la­tion when he earned his law de­gree from Wash­ing­ton Uni­versity in St. Louis in 1985. Civil-rights is­sues piqued his in­terest more than fin­an­cial reg­u­la­tion. His first job at the Fed­er­al Re­serve in­tro­duced him to the com­bin­a­tion of civil rights and fair lend­ing through the Fed’s re­spons­ib­il­ity to im­ple­ment the Equal Cred­it Op­por­tun­ity Act.

He next joined Mor­ris­on and Fo­er­ster for his first turn and was of coun­sel from 1999 to 2005. Al­though this is his second go-round at the firm, he’s still set­tling in and de­term­in­ing the areas he wants to fo­cus on.

Bri­anna Mc­Clane

COR­POR­ATE AF­FAIRS

Brandi Wilson White

Brandi Wilson White is de­part­ing Cap­it­ol Hill for two short guys. The moth­er of Jay, 2, and Gra­ham, 1, is look­ing for­ward to be­ing home more of­ten and to en­joy­ing D.C.’s fall activ­it­ies with her sons. White is leav­ing her po­s­i­tion as policy ad­viser and coun­sel to Sen. Mitch Mc­Con­nell, R-Ky., to join the gov­ern­ment-re­la­tions of­fice of East­man Chem­ic­al. “If it wer­en’t for them, hon­estly, I don’t know that I’d ever leave the Hill,” she says, “be­cause I love it so much.”

East­man is based in King­s­port, Tenn., about a three-hour drive from White’s ho­met­own of Athens, Tenn., and that geo­graph­ic­al con­nec­tion had a strong in­flu­ence on her de­cision to join. She grew up hear­ing about the com­pany, one of the top em­ploy­ers in the state. The job will also give her the chance to squeeze in more fam­ily time by bring­ing Jay and Gra­ham along to vis­it with her grand­moth­er when she travels to the King­s­port of­fice.

The Ten­ness­ee ties aren’t all that mat­ters, though. Her ca­reer move to East­man was re­con­firmed after she met with the com­pany’s gov­ern­ment-re­la­tions staff. “Leav­ing the Hill and leav­ing an of­fice that I ab­so­lutely love, I really wanted to be sure that wherever I go next that it’s the right fit,” White says. “It’ll be a good fit for me.”

Her pro­fes­sion­al in­terests are strongly based in D.C. White came to the Dis­trict for the first time as an un­der­grad at the Uni­versity of Ten­ness­ee. She spent the sum­mer between her ju­ni­or and seni­or years as an in­tern with then-Sen. Bill Frist, R-Tenn., and after gradu­at­ing from the Uni­versity of Ten­ness­ee’s law school, White moved to D.C. to join Frist’s of­fice as deputy chief coun­sel.

Her time with Frist was mem­or­able be­cause it in­cluded Sen­ate con­firm­a­tion of two Su­preme Court justices, Samuel Alito and John Roberts. Now, as a moth­er, she’s even prouder when she looks back on her work in the Sen­ate to pass the Adam Walsh Child Pro­tec­tion and Safety Act.

After Frist’s re­tire­ment in 2007, White was briefly a pres­id­en­tial ap­pointee at the Justice De­part­ment’s Of­fice of Leg­al Policy. She has been with Mc­Con­nell for the past five years. Her first day with East­man is Oct. 9. White, 34, will miss the ca­marader­ie of Cap­it­ol Hill but says she’s ex­cited to work with east­ern Ten­ness­ee res­id­ents whose pri­or­it­ies are of­ten “God, fam­ily, UT foot­ball, and then everything else.”

B.M.

Beth Beacham, coming from Federal Election Commission to Clark Hill – reporter Brianna Beth is the subject, but Maureen is the PR contact. Beth said it would be best to CC Maureen on the email so she can be kept in the loop. (202) 572-8669 EBeacham@ClarkHill.com Chet Susslin

THE BAR

Beth Beacham

Beth Beacham’s de­par­ture from the Fed­er­al Elec­tion Com­mis­sion came at an ideal time. FEC em­ploy­ees are re­stric­ted from cam­paign­ing, but now the former Re­pub­lic­an op­er­at­ive can ex­per­i­ence the gen­er­al elec­tion in her new po­s­i­tion as of coun­sel for Clark Hill’s gov­ern­ment and pub­lic-af­fairs prac­tice. “Either you really like [cam­paign­ing] or you really don’t,” she says. “It’s busy, it’s hard, it’s chal­len­ging, but at the same time, it’s fun and re­ward­ing.”

As the ex­ec­ut­ive as­sist­ant and coun­sel to FEC Com­mis­sion­er Don­ald McGahn, Beacham had to be a “jack of all trades,” as she de­scribes it. Com­mis­sion­ers of­ten hire law­yers for the two staff slots they are al­lot­ted. Beacham, 39, served as McGahn’s press sec­ret­ary, law­yer, as­sist­ant, and any oth­er role he needed. She calls her ex­per­i­ence with the FEC in­valu­able and says it will help her at Clark Hill. “It really gives you in­sight in­to how the agency works,” she says. “It really helps when you want to rep­res­ent cli­ents in the fu­ture. You bring a cer­tain ex­per­i­ence and ex­pert­ise that a lot of people don’t get.”

Ori­gin­ally from Frank­lin Springs, Ga., Beacham ap­plied to law school in D.C. on the ad­vice of a friend. She came to tour the city and Cath­ol­ic Uni­versity after be­ing ac­cep­ted to the uni­versity’s Colum­bus School of Law. “It was just one of those mo­ments where you just know,” she says. “I knew this is where I wanted to be.”

Her time at Cath­ol­ic provided the op­por­tun­ity to snag Hill in­tern­ships, in­clud­ing a stint at the Na­tion­al Re­pub­lic­an Con­gres­sion­al Com­mit­tee. It was while work­ing there on the 2000 elec­tion that she furthered her in­terest in polit­ics and met McGahn.

Beacham clerked for McGahn while he was gen­er­al coun­sel at the NR­CC, lead­ing the way to her later move to the Fed­er­al Elec­tion Com­mis­sion. She joined the Re­pub­lic­an Na­tion­al Com­mit­tee as deputy re­dis­trict­ing coun­sel after gradu­ation. After a year with the com­mit­tee, she moved to Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld, fo­cus­ing on pub­lic law and policy. From there, she went to pub­lic-af­fairs firm DCI Group and then re­turned to the NR­CC as gen­er­al coun­sel. She joined the FEC in 2009.

Beacham has a new job and a new hus­band. A mu­tu­al friend de­cided that Beacham and a sol­dier, Ken White, would make a good match. The two began ex­chan­ging e-mails while he was de­ployed to Afgh­anistan with the Army. The cor­res­pond­ence turned in­to daily phone calls, and the couple mar­ried last New Year’s Eve. After what Beacham terms a “whirl­wind ro­mance,” they settled in her Ar­ling­ton apart­ment with their 70- pound Dober­man.

B.M.

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