LAW: FCC official Stephanie Weiner heads to HWG
After stints at two federal agencies, Stephanie Weiner is returning to the private sector, trading a high-ranking government role for partnership in the firm where she worked earlier in her career. Weiner is returning to Harris, Wiltshire & Grannis as a partner in the firm’s communications and energy practices. She joins HWG from the Federal Communications Commission, where she served as senior legal adviser to the chairman. Prior to that, Weiner was the senior adviser to the general counsel at the Energy Department. She has also clerked for a pair of federal judges.
COMMUNICATIONS: Kristen Orthman, a veteran of Reid’s office, joins Sen. Warren
After spending the past eight years enmeshed in Nevada politics, Kristen Orthman has come home in a way. The Massachusetts native has joined Sen. Elizabeth Warren’s communications team. She started her career in 2008 as a press assistant for former Senate Democratic Leader Harry Reid, ultimately being promoted to communications director in 2015. Could there be bigger things in store for Warren and Orthman? Nevada political observer Jon Ralston tweeted that Reid has told Warren to run for president, and that with “the incomparable” Orthman on staff, there’s “no need for an election.”
INTERIOR: Michael Nedd named acting director of BLM
Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke has named Michael Nedd acting director of the Bureau of Land Management. A longtime BLM employee, Nedd most recently served 10 years as assistant director of the agency’s Energy, Minerals, and Realty Management Directorate. Nedd’s career at BLM began in 1991, and he worked as a state director and deputy chief information officer, among other positions. Before rejoining BLM, Nedd spent more than eight years as an active-duty military officer.
TREASURY: Brent McIntosh named general counsel
Brent McIntosh has been tapped to lead the Treasury Department’s general-counsel office, where he will serve under Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, according to the Legal Times. McIntosh has spent the last eight years at Sullivan & Cromwell, the last six of them as partner. Prior to joining the firm, McIntosh worked in the Bush White House for three years, serving as deputy assistant to the president and deputy staff secretary. McIntosh also served the Bush administration as deputy attorney general in the Justice Department.
POLITICS: RNC adds Osborne and Nebhnani to its digital team
The Republican National Committee has named Samantha Osborne its chief digital officer and Puran Nebhnani its chief technology officer. Osborne, who joined the RNC last year as deputy digital director, has worked on many in-state campaigns, Mitt Romney’s presidential bid, and several consulting groups. Nebhnani built GOP.com and has held numerous roles at the committee since 2014. He also worked for the National Geographic Society and several technology firms.
Kristin Lynch has joined Sen. Cory Booker’s office as press secretary; Lynch most recently worked as Colorado communications director for Hillary for America. Before that, she worked in communications for Rep. Jared Polis, former Sen. Mark Udall, and Sen. Michael Bennet—all Colorado Democrats. Sen. Ted Cruz announced Friday that he’s brought Boris Ryvkin aboard as national security adviser; Ryvkin has been an associate at the law firms Skadden Arps and Clifford Chance, and he’s interned at the Hudson Institute and American Enterprise Institute.