Greenberg’s Grab

Posted June 27, 2003 at 3:30pm

The international law firm Greenberg Traurig LLP recently snagged Pedro Pablo Permuy, a former senior staffer to Democratic Caucus Chairman Bob Menendez (N.J.), to serve as a director in its Washington, D.C., government affairs practice.

During the Clinton administration, Permuy was deputy assistant secretary of Defense for inter-American affairs, responsible for the development and implementation of U.S. security policy in the Western Hemisphere.

As a senior adviser on resources, plans and policy to then-Secretaries of State Madeleine Albright and Warren Christopher, Permuy headed up resource and policy planning on a variety of foreign policy issues, including human rights programs and international organizations.

Earlier, Permuy held legislative posts in the offices of Sen. Bob Graham

(D-Fla.) and then-Rep. Lawrence Smith (D-Fla.).

Permuy, who received a bachelor’s from the University of Miami, later went on to earn a master’s from Johns Hopkins University’s Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies.

The polyglot Permuy — fluent in Spanish, Portuguese and Italian — is the recipient of the State Department’s Superior Honor Award.

Volunteer Vanguard. First-term Tennessee Rep. Lincoln Davis (D) recently gave the green light to Legislative Assistant Brandi McBride to become senior legislative assistant for his Transportation and Infrastructure Committee work.

Prior to joining the Lincoln team, the 24-year-old Franklin, Tenn., native was an aide to then-Rep. Bob Clement (D-Tenn.). She holds a bachelor’s in political science and Spanish from the University of Tennessee at Knoxville.

Also moving up the ladder is Legislative Correspondent and Systems Administrator Norm Lanphear who has become legislative assistant. He will continue his systems administrator duties.

Hailing from Shelton, Conn., Lanphear earlier served a stint as finance director for the Democratic Party in San Diego, a role he reprised during the Davis 2002 Congressional campaign. He is 48.

Chief of Staff Beecher Frasier, 27, previously managed Davis’ campaign in the 2002 cycle and is an alumnus of David Lipscomb University.

Legislative Director Cicely Simpson, another veteran of the Davis 2002 campaign trail, has also worked as an attorney. The 28-year-old Woodbury, Tenn., native earned a law degree from Pepperdine University School of Law in 2001.

Press Secretary Tom Hayden, a former communications director for the Tennessee Democratic Party, serves double duty as legislative assistant for Science Committee issues

The 26-year-old Cleveland native holds a bachelor’s in history and communications from Hiram College.

After a stint on the Bredesen for Governor campaign in the Volunteer State, Lori

McKee joined the Davis office as executive assistant and scheduler.

The Middle Tennessee State University graduate — who calls Lascassas, Tenn., home — earned a bachelor’s in political science, international relations and criminal justice in 1997.