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Jonathan Levy Lands at Vision Ridge Partners | Downtown Moves

Levy has landed at Vision Ridge Partners (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call).

Jonathan Levy, former deputy chief of staff at the Department of Energy and policy adviser to then-Democratic Caucus Chairman Rahm Emanuel, D-Ill., has left the administration for the private sector.  

He is officially joined Vision Ridge Partners as director of policy and strategy on July 1, where he will focus on investments in clean technology and related markets. Levy will split his time between Washington, D.C., and the company's headquarters in Boulder, Colo., with some additional travels along the way. "I've been a problem solver my whole career, and I'm excited about working with a great team that is committed to showing how clean energy is a great investment," Levy said. He left the Energy Department in June and started at Vision Ridge on July 1.  

Amber Marchand's Whirlwind Year | Downtown Moves

Marchand has seen quite a few changes lately. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

It's been quite a year for former Senate staffer Amber Marchand, who left her longtime professional life on Capitol Hill and a little later welcomed her third child to the world.  

Marchand, a former staffer for the Republican National Committee, National Republican Senatorial Campaign and House Homeland Security Committee, moved to the Senate in 2011, where she worked for Missouri Republican Roy Blunt from the beginning of the 113th Congress until April, when she went to work at Hamilton Place Strategies as managing director. She says she will miss working with Blunt, as well as “seeing so many friends, reporters, and colleagues simply walking through the halls." But, she said she “was grateful to learn from the best in the Senate.”  

Amos Snead Shows Off His Alabama Roots

Snead branches out with his new firm, Bryant Park. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Amos Snead is showing off his roots.  

The veteran FamousDC'er has branched out to open a new PR Firm, aptly titled Bryant Row, after Paul "Bear" Bryant, the legendary Alabama football coach and Snead's current home on Barrack's Row. "My wife said we couldn't name our kids after a football coach, so it ended up being the firm's name," he said.  

Melanie Sloan Settles in With New Crew: Triumph Strategy

Melanie Sloan is launching a new public affairs firm, Triumph Strategy. (Meredith Dake/CQ Roll Call)

After 12 years with Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington as the founding executive director, building the company from a solo enterprise to a 15-person team, Melanie Sloan started the new year by launching her own public affairs firm, Triumph Strategy.  

“It’s exciting work, but I am ready for new challenges,” Sloan said in an interview with CQ Roll Call. Her work will focus on communications strategies and crisis management for private, nonprofit and public sector institutions; trade associations and unions; and candidates for public office. She is already well known for drawing attention to ethical lapses on Capitol Hill, which she felt had gone unreported and occurred without consequences.  

Harbinger Strategies Adds Manny Rossman | Downtown Moves

Harbinger Strategies, the just-opened firm of ex-aides to Eric Cantor, has added a fourth lobbyist: Manny Rossman, a former Senate leadership staffer who was previously with the Breaux Lott Leadership Group.  

Rossman began his career on Capitol Hill as an aide to the late Rep. Phil Crane, R-Ill., who was a senior member of the Ways and Means panel. He later went to work for then-Sen. Trent Lott, R-Miss., handling his Senate Finance portfolio, and later moving into leadership. “We officially opened our doors this week ,” said Steve Stombres, the former top leadership aide to then-House Majority Leader Cantor, R-Va. “It’s an exciting time for Harbinger and our four founding partners to be able to announce our mystery partner.”  

Jim Gerlach Exits Congress, Enters Venable | Downtown Moves

(Scott J. Ferrell/ CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Retiring Rep. Jim Gerlach is heading to Venable LLP, where the Pennsylvania Republican will join other former lawmakers such as Rep. Bart Stupak, D-Mich., and Sen. Birch Bayh, D-Ind., in the legislative and government affairs firm.  

Gerlach joined the Ways and Means Committee in 2011, and served on the Select Revenue and Health Subcommittees during that time. With tax reform possibly high on the agenda in the 114th Congress, and Republicans in charge of both chambers, Gerlach's experience could come in handy at Venable.  “Venable is one of the most respected names in Washington with an especially strong record of leadership in government affairs," the six-term Philadelpia-area member said in a release. “I have had the opportunity over the years to work with several Venable attorneys and advisors, especially Legislative Practice Group Co-Chairs, Will Nordwind and Rob Smith, and I look forward to working with them in the challenging legislative environment ahead.”  

Scott Weaver to Head Public Policy Practice at Wiley Rein | Downtown Moves

Weaver, center, back in the day when he first came to the Hill to work for Sullivan. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Scott Weaver has been promoted to lead the day-to-day operations of the Public Policy Practice at Wiley Rein LLP. Weaver previously served as the firm’s senior public policy adviser and will serve as co-chair of the Practice Group along with ex-Rep. Jim Slattery, D-Kan., who joined the firm in 2009. Weaver said the firm has traditional strengths in government contracts, trade, health care, telecommunications and insurance. "We hope to add additional capabilities in the national security, energy, tax, oversight and investigations, and transportation sectors, as well as foreign affairs," he said in an email to CQ Roll Call. Weaver joined the firm in 2009 after serving as the vice president of Government and Political Affairs for Airports Council International – North America. Prior to that, he served as chief of staff for ex-Rep. Katherine Harris, R-Fla., and as a policy advisor for ex-Rep. John Sullivan, R-Okla. He has worked on Republican House, Senate, gubernatorial and presidential races. Weaver joined Sullivan's office in 2003, going to work for the Oklahoman at the age of 24, after working stints for the National Association of Home Builders and Stateside Associates. He graduated with his bachelor's degree in government  

The Bethesda, Md., native graduated from the University of South Carolina in 2001 with bachelor’s degree from the University of South Carolina in 2001.  

Clark Geduldig Adds GOP Energy Lobbyist Mike Catanzaro

Catanzaro is moving on to Clark Geduldig. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

The all-GOP lobbying shop Clark Geduldig Cranford & Nielsen is picking up a new energy policy hire with ties to House and Senate Republicans.  

Mike Catanzaro, who previously handled energy and environmental issues for Speaker John A. Boehner, R-Ohio, and once worked as an aide on the Senate Environment and Public Works panel, will join the firm in the coming weeks. Catanzaro worked for incoming Senate Environment and Public Works Chairman James M. Inhofe of Oklahoma, and he’s been with the firm FTI Consulting for more than two years.  

Erica Elliott Couldn't Quit the Press | Downtown Moves

Elliott recently moved from Crowell and Moring to Franklin Square Capital Partners. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Ask Erica Elliott what she's looking forward to in her new role as vice president of public affairs for Franklin Square Capital Partners and she'll tell you she's excited about the future of the company she's moving to. Give her another chance and she'll add another reason that likely won't surprise the Washington press corps that worked with her when she was in now-House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy's office.  

She's excited to work with journalists again.