AGRICULTURE: Rob Larew moves to National Farmers Union from House Ag Committee
After more than 20 years working in public service, Rob Larew is flying the coop to join the National Farmers Union, where he will serve as senior vice president of public policy and communications. Larew will start on Nov. 14, leading NFU’s policy team through the Farm Bill reauthorization. Larew will join NFU from the House Agricultural Committee, where he is currently serving as minority staff director. Prior to joining the committee, Larew worked as an agricultural legislative assistant and legislative director for Rep. Collin Peterson, the committee’s ranking member, and at the Department of Agriculture.
HEALTH: Kathleen Sebelius joins advisory board at Solera
Kathleen Sebelius, former secretary of Health and Human Services, has joined the health advisory board at Solera, which strives to make chronic-disease prevention easier and more affordable. As HHS secretary, Sebelius was charged with implementing the Affordable Care Act—for better and for worse. Prior to joining the Obama administration, Sebelius spent the entirety of her political career in Kansas—elected twice as governor, serving two terms as state insurance commissioner, and serving four terms in the state legislature.
RELIGION: Rami Nashashibi appointed to White House council
A career of interfaith approach to religious understanding has landed Rami Nashashibi an appointment to the President’s Advisory Council on Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships. Nashashibi, a White House Champion of Change in 2011, is currently executive director of the Inner-City Muslim Action Network, which he cofounded in 1997, while also serving on the advisory board of the Jewish Council on Urban Affairs. He has served as a visiting assistant professor at the Chicago Theological Seminary since 2013.
HOUSING: Diane Tomb to lead National Rental Home Council
Diane Tomb is going to bat for the 16 million single-family home renters in America, after being appointed the National Rental Home Council’s first executive director. Tomb, who founded the public affairs and business advisory firm Tomb & Associates LLC in 2003, served in the Housing and Urban Development Department, the Commerce Department, and in the White House during multiple Republican administrations. Currently, she serves on the Bipartisan Policy Center’s Commission on Political Reform.
ENVIRONMENT: Brandi Colander heads to National Wildlife Federation
Brandi Colander is moving back to the private sector for a third time, this time as associate vice president of natural resources and energy at the National Wildlife Federation. Colander joins the NWF from the Department of the Interior, where she served as deputy assistant secretary. Colander has repeatedly shifted between the public and private sectors, starting her career at the Natural Resources Defense Council before joining the White House Council on Environmental Quality. After a year, Colander left public service for software company Opower, before joining the Department of the Interior.
President Obama announced his intent to appoint three members to the State Department’s Cultural Property Advisory Committee: Adele Chatfield-Taylor, Shannon Keller O’Loughlin, and James Reap. Jeremy Sabloff was named chairman of the committee, which advises the president on responding to requests for assistance in protecting cultural heritage.