When former Rep. Steve Bartlett, R-Texas, stepped down last year from the Financial Services Roundtable, he said he wasn’t retiring. He announced Monday that he’s joining the crisis communications firm Levick as a strategic policy adviser.
“It’s an extraordinary time to be joining a great communications firm. With today’s accelerated impact of global communications, organizations of all types now have the capacity to drive the narrative about themselves and the issues vital to them,” Bartlett said in a press release. “The opportunity to do so is all the more critical as public confidence in our business institutions continues to be tested.”
Bartlett, a former mayor of Dallas, spent about 13 years at the roundtable, which represents banks and financial institutions. He left late last year, after he saw the organization through the financial meltdown of 2008 and the Dodd-Frank financial overhaul, which is still being implemented by the Obama administration.
Barlett has also served as an adjunct professor at the University of Texas’ Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs. And he has served on numerous boards of charities and corporations.
“We are thrilled to have Steve join the firm,” Levick CEO Richard Levick said in the statement. “There are few professionals like Steve who so intimately understand how Washington works and have such a significant track record with business. ... He knows his way around the corridors of power where public policy is made.”
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