Washington job moves of the week: a former Pence aide lands a new gig, and CNN poaches a reporter from the competition

  • CNN and the Washington Post announced major politics hires this week.
  • The Office of Management and Budget built up its communications staff.
  • On Capitol Hill, a Trump administration alum lands a new gig.
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It wouldn’t be a week in Washington without a cascade of new hiring announcements, job changes, and administration news.

Several interesting hires happened this week, including an addition to the White House’s Office of Management and Budget communications team, and a new national press secretary for the Republican National Committee. An alum of Trump’s national security council also found a new gig on Capitol Hill.

On the other side of the media equation, CNN beefed up its politics staff by poaching Natasha Bertrand from Politico, and The Washington Post has a new deputy Washington editor.

Below are more hires and departures in lobbying, the federal government, politics, and media.

Politics

Katie Miller, a former spokeswoman for ex-Vice President Mike Pence, has taken on a new job with the Coalition To Protect American Workers, a conservative group opposing Biden’s tax policies

Steve Pierce is now a senior director at Bully Pulpit Interactive, a left-leaning communications and advertising agency that counts President Joe Biden’s 2020 campaign and the American Civil Liberties Union among its many clients. Pierce was previously director of battleground state communications for Priorities USA, a Democratic super PAC.

Dan Backer, a veteran election law attorney, is now an attorney at Chalmers & Adams LLC, a political law and litigation firm.

Emma Vaughn is now the national press secretary for the Republican National Committee. She previously served as communications director for Rep. Andrew Garbarino, a Republican of New York. 

Government

Isabel Aldunate is now deputy associate director for communications in the White House Office of Management and Budget. She previously worked in various communications roles for Joe Biden’s 2020 presidential campaign and Biden’s inaugural committee.

Lobbying and advocacy

Jana Barresi is now the head of Lowe’s Companies Inc.’s Washington, DC, office, which coordinates Lowe’s lobbying and government affairs. Previously, Barresi was senior director for federal government affairs for Walmart Inc.

Katelyn Bunning has left Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell’s office to join Cornerstone Government Affairs, a lobbying firm. Bunning was most recently McConnell’s legislative director.

Media and communications

Natasha Bertrand, previously a White House correspondent for Politico, has joined CNN to cover the White House with a focus on national security.

Sara Sirota, is joining The Intercept in May to cover progressive politics. Sirota was most recently an Air Force reporter for Inside Defense

Dina Cappiello started a new job as managing director for communications and marketing at Rocky Mountain Institute. She previously served as executive vice president and editorial director at Edelman DC. Prior to Edelman, Cappiello spent 15 years as an energy and environment reporter, about half of that time for the Associated Press‘ national desk in Washington.

Natalie Jennings is now a deputy Washington editor at the Washington Post. She previously led the paper’s popular politics blog, The Fix.

Brendan Daly is now vice president of communications for the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. He previously worked as the chief communications officer for the Recording Industry Association of America.

Lindsey O’Shaughnessy has been promoted to senior producer at The Lead with Jake Tapper on CNN, where she had previously worked as a producer.

Fox News has named Kerri Kupec as its Washington editor where she’ll be involved in selecting stories. Kupec previously served as a director of public affairs and counselor to former Trump Attorney General William Barr, and also was a member of Trump’s transition team in 2016.

Capitol Hill 

Don Snyder joined the Senate Finance Committee as a tax counsel after a six-year stint at the Federal Policy Group.

Kristen Cianci replaces Emma Vaughn as communications director for Garbarino, the New York lawmaker. She joins his office from Targeted Victory.

Tamara Fucile is now executive director of the Joint Economic Committee under Chairman Rep. Don Beyer of Virginia. Fucile spent the last four years at the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, first as senior advisor on government affairs and then as senior counselor. 

Brian Phillips is now the Democratic press secretary for the House Homeland Security Committee. He previously worked on Joe Kennedy’s unsuccessful campaign for Massachusetts Senator, and New York Rep. Antonio Delgado. 

Ryan Tully, who most recently served as a senior aide on the Trump administration’s National Security Council, has found a new home on the House Armed Services Committee as a Republican staff member. 

Derek Harley joined the House Select Committee on the Modernization of Congress as a Republican staff director. He was previously a counsel at the lobbying firm Schumaker Advisers.


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