Jennifer Duck will succeed Chris Thompson as chief of staff to Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif. She was most recently vice president of government relations and corporate leadership for Pfizer.
Earlier in her career, Duck was Democratic staff director on the Senate Judiciary Committee. She has also served as counsel to then-Senate Minority Leader Tom Daschle, S.D.; as an aide to the late Sen. Edward Kennedy, D-Mass., on the staff of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee; and as senior policy adviser for the Senate Democratic Policy Committee.
Thompson, who served under Feinstein for close to a decade, is returning to California. He started his career on Capitol Hill as a legislative aide to the late Rep. Julian Dixon, D-Calif.
Finance Trade Minister
Elissa Alben has joined the majority staff of the Senate Finance Committee, where she will be responsible for such issues as the Trans-Pacific Partnership negotiations and the World Trade Organization.
Alben was most recently associate general counsel and deputy assistant for monitoring and enforcement in the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative.
A former trade fellow for the House Ways and Means Committee, she is a graduate of Harvard College and Columbia Law School.