Levy Left

Posted February 25, 2003 at 5:50pm

In the first of what could be several departures from Citigroup’s Washington office, Roger Levy has jumped to Piper Rudnick to run that firm’s legislative financial services group.

Citigroup recently added Nicholas Calio, who was the White House’s top lobbyist on Capitol Hill for the past two years, to its government affairs team. That fueled speculation among K Street insiders that Calio would be remaking the banking giant’s lobbying operation.

Levy, though, had already been in talks with Piper Rudnick before Calio signed on with Citigroup.

Levy’s career in Washington stretches back to 1971 when he joined the staff of then-Sen. James Buckley (R-N.Y.). After several years on Capitol Hill, he went to work for the Independent Insurance Agents of America.

A decade later, Levy helped open the Washington office of Travelers Insurance,

which merged with Citibank in 1998 to become Citigroup. He is a 1970 graduate of the University of Michigan, and is married with two sons.

Blank On It. Ashley Davis, a special assistant to Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge, has signed on with Blank Rome Government Relations as a lobbyist.

Davis had been with the White House Office of Homeland Security since October 2001. She joined the Bush administration in December 2000. Davis also worked for the Bush-Cheney campaign in Pennsylvania and during the Florida recount.

Prior to that, Davis was a senior associate as Greenlee Partners, where she represented a number of Keystone State clients, including the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Davis graduated from Westminster College in 1997 with a degree in public relations.

Pride of Texas. Angela Godby likes to joke that she went to Capitol Hill in 1995 not knowing anybody, and now has left with a husband and a baby.

The former counsel and legislative director for Rep. Henry Bonilla (R-Texas) has signed on with the University of Texas System as assistant vice chancellor for federal relations.

Godby, a Lone Star State native, graduated from the university in 1991 with a degree in marketing and business. After getting a law degree at Southern Methodist University’s Dedman School of Law, she came to Washington and landed a job working for Bonilla as a press assistant.

The 33-year-old Godby met her husband Carlos, Bonilla’s system administrator and office manager, while working for the Texas Republican. The couple have a 6-month-old daughter.

New Shereff in Town. The Harbour Group, a subsidiary of Swidler Berlin Shereff Friedman, has hired former journalist Jennifer Thomas as a director in its Washington office.

Thomas began her journalism career with the St. Petersburg Times, and then moved on to Congressional Quarterly, its sister publication. Thomas also worked for several years covering transportation issues for Bloomberg News.

The Harbour Group is run by Joel Johnson, a one-time top aide to Senate Minority Leader Thomas Daschle (D-S.D.) and former President Bill Clinton.

Prior to coming to the Harbour Group, Thomas was working for Public Strategies Inc. in Austin. She received an MBA from the University of Texas at Austin in 2002.