Carousel: Dual Leadership at the Brady Campaign

Avery Gardiner and Kris Brown
Chet Susslin
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Sept. 11, 2017, 8 p.m.

ADVOCACY: Kris Brown, Avery Gardiner move up at Brady Campaign

The Brady Campaign and Center to Prevent Gun Violence has appointed two senior executives as co-presidents. Kris Brown was the group’s chief strategy officer and has also worked as the group’s policy director. Earlier in her career, she worked for former Rep. Jim Moran of Virginia and for law firm Weil, Gotshal & Manges. Avery Gardiner was Brady’s chief legal officer; she has worked as a trial attorney for the Justice Department, counsel for Verizon, and for law firms WilmerHale and Kirkland & Ellis.

JUDICIARY: Brett Talley nominated for judgeship

Brett Talley has been nominated to serve as a judge for the U.S. District Court Middle District of Alabama. Talley has spent the past eight months at the Justice Department as a deputy assistant attorney general in the Office of Legal Policy, and before that he was an Alabama deputy solicitor general. He’s a former speechwriter for Sen. Rob Portman of Ohio and for Mitt Romney’s 2012 campaign, as well as a published author of horror novels.

DIPLOMACY: Manisha Singh up for State Department spot

Manisha Singh has been nominated as assistant secretary of State for economic and business affairs. Singh is chief counsel and senior policy adviser to Sen. Dan Sullivan of Alaska, who previously held the assistant secretary job from 2006 to 2009; Singh was his deputy assistant secretary. Prior to working in the Bush administration, Singh was an aide on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and a lawyer in private practice in Philadelphia and Washington.

Manisha Singh

LAW: Edith Ramirez lands at Hogan Lovells

Former Federal Trade Commission Chairwoman Edith Ramirez has joined Hogan Lovells as partner and co-head of the firm’s Antitrust, Competition, and Economic Regulation practice. Ramirez served on the FTC from 2010 to 2017, and was chair from 2013 to 2017. Prior to government service, she was a lawyer in private practice in Los Angeles, and was on the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power board of commissioners.

Edith Ramirez

CONSULTING: Chan Park heads from Senate Judiciary to Monument Group

Chan Park will join Monument Policy Group as a principal, focusing on government surveillance, antitrust, and cybersecurity, among other issues. Park comes from the Senate Judiciary Committee, where he was general counsel under ranking member Dianne Feinstein and former ranking member and chairman Patrick Leahy. He helped supervise all aspects of the committee’s work, including congressional investigations and Supreme Court and Cabinet nominations. Prior to his time on the Hill, Park was assistant U.S. attorney in Maryland.

Chan Park


Senate Environment and Public Works Committee Chairman John Barrasso announced earlier this month that deputy chief counsel Matt Leggett has been promoted to chief counsel; previously, Leggett had been Barrasso’s policy counsel on the Senate Republican Policy Committee. A year after leaving the Hill to take over communications at the Phillips Collection art museum, Sarah Corley is back, this time as press secretary for the House Budget Committee.


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