Friday Round Up
Awesome events: We have high expectations for the weekend and they begin at Gypsy Sally’s; Tracy Morgan is Picking Up the Pieces tonight at The Kennedy Center; Fancy a film orrrrr…80? Filmfest DC returns to bring you so many international films aka Netflix on steroids; Nature will be calling tomorrow as National Park Week commences with Junior Ranger Day!; The DC Beer Festival returns to Nats Park, bringing together dozens of craft breweries and featuring spring seasonal beers; Yes way, rose! It’s that time of year and District Winery is celebrating their first spring vino Sunday at their Rose Release Party; The National Cannabis Festival is going to be pretty dope.
Thanks for joining us!
Our awesome panel comprised policy communications experts who are taking complex policy issues and turning them into compelling narratives that ultimately move the needle on the Hill and in the media.
A special thanks to Christian Clymer of PhRMA, Bill Thorne of National Retail Federation and Andrea Riccio of S-3 Public Affairs.
Rayshun Lamarr is one reason to tune into The Voice this season. After losing his hearing, his ability to sing, and beating cancer, DC’s very own contestant has found his voice once again.
A baby gorilla was born at the National Zoo this week; The fearless girl in NYC will be taking on the New York Stock Exchange; Here are some pretty homes in Georgetown that you can’t afford, but you can look at; Senator Tammy Duckworth is our hero; Eating along means you don’t have to share your food with anyone; Click to read more about a little Scandal; Barbara Bush’s code name assigned by Secret Service was absolutely perfect.
Shout out to Ally Shaw for planning great happy hours; How can we also spend our weekends on yachts Lauren Cricchi?; Hello Kelsey Wessels; Elizabeth Vincent is the best; Catherine Easley has some cute boys; Christian Clymer dropped knowledge bombs today on Cap Hill; Where in the world is Emily Mueller?; Uncle Teddy and pizza night today; Laura Lanio travels like it’s her job; Rest up and feel better to the Queen, Linda Shultz; Our hearts go out to all of our OKC friends this week; Ed Mullen gave us the meats sweats; Did Cassie Smedile and Alana Wilson wear matching outfits to cooking class in Italy?; SPOTTED power lunching at Centrolina: Alex Finland; Amos Snead finally figured out parenting; Charlie Atkinson is very happy with her BarkBox (h/t Anton Vuljaj); Erin Lange is too busy traveling the world to even see this; And Stef Petropoulos for that matter; Does Ben Chang have the best taste in bowties or the absolute best taste in bowties?; Congrats to our very own Hillary Alvare on becoming Xtend’s next barre instructor!; Kyle Ridley is easily having the best week; Luxury looks very nice on you Lisa Leonard; We’re ready for Lauren Demarest to release her album – and announce her next concert; Hola Paige Gress!; Dayton the Doxie was the best therapy dog this week – and always; We can’t BEAR that Dan Schneider is leaving E&C; Speaking of, thank you to the Energy and Commerce Committee for letting us borrow your room for lunch!; Someone please tell Kasie Clark that butter is the spice of the south.
#MakingMoves by S-3 Public Affairs
A big congratulations to Politiquette founder Marissa Mitrovich on her new role as VP of federal legislative affairs at Frontier Communications; The Brookings Institution has named Emily Horne, current head of global policy communications at Twitter, as its new communications director, effective in July; Mastercard recently named the former top trade official in the Obama administration, Michael Froman, as its new vice chairman and president, strategic growth; Patrick Deitz is leaving his post at the House Financial Services Committee to join Jackson National as senior federal policy adviser and head of federal affairs; Casey Black, most recently press secretary for Rep. David Kustoff (R-TN), has a new role as press secretary for Sen. David Perdue (R-GA); JPMorgan Chase welcomes Kristin Westmoreland, former vice president and chief of staff at the Chamber’s Center for Capital Markets Competitiveness, as its new executive director for public affairs; The Maverick PAC has announced two new chairwomen for its Women’s Coalition: Libby Wuller and Colleen McKnight; MSNBC veteran Jeremy Gaines, who most recently was a managing director at Burson-Marsteller, has a new role as senior vice president of corporate communications at PBS; HLN anchor Erica Hill is rejoining CNN as a back-up anchor and national correspondent; The Washington Examiner’s Sarah Westwood is joining CNN as a White House correspondent; “The Point with Chris Cillizza” has a new editor: current CNN evening breaking news editor Leigh Munsil; From Morning Consult, CNN and Politico alum David Mark is making moves to Bloomberg Law as managing editor for privacy and data security; Former vice president for the Biotechnology Innovation Organization Wendy Siminski is joining AdvaMed as senior vice president for conferences and events; Christina Aiuto Norton, most recently director of political operations at the NRSC, has joined GOPAC as communications and political director; Also joining GOPAC as finance director is Taylor Harber Mullon, who most recently was vice president of Grand Valley Consulting; From the Federation of American Hospitals, former VP of legislation Katie Wise recently joined Invariant; Shawn Bennett has a new role as deputy assistant secretary for oil and gas at the Energy Department’s office of fossil energy. Bennett previously served as EVP for the Ohio Oil and Gas Association; Joining Forbes Tate’s public affairs practice is former communications director to Sen. Roger Wicker (R-MS), Ryan Taylor; David Stewart, former majority staff director for the House Ways and Means Committee, is making moves to Squire Patton Boggs as a principal; Venn Strategies adds three: Shanta Whitaker as vice president and Kelly Ferguson and Claire Badger as assistant vice presidents; And finally, congrats to Sean Perryman, who is joining the Internet Association as director of diversity and inclusion policy and counsel. Prior to this, Perryman served as Counsel for the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee
Famous birthday wishes to Patricia Armstrong, Mike Judge, Marco Pieri, Gretchen Gustafson, Mike Dubke, Darbi Grant, Ieva Augstums, Virginia Coyne, Mark Borelli, Mosheh Gains, Doug Heye, Justin Mayers, Karina Carlson, Lauren Schab, Fran Holuba, Daniel Almon, Lindsey Mask, Tasha McGinn, Michael Frohlich, Emily Kuhn, Julia Lawless, Amy Field Poe, Justin Herman, Brad Viator, Amanda Rottier, Matt Moore, Ryan Shultz, Steven T. Dennis, Allen Fuller and Gideon Lett!