Golden State Office Gets New Spinner

Posted December 12, 2003 at 2:30pm

Rep. Jane Harman (D-Calif.) recently hired Sarah Rosen as her new communications director in her Rayburn House office.

Rosen, 26, brings an extensive amount of experience to her new job. Most recently she was press secretary for Harman’s fellow Golden State Representative, Sam Farr (D). The New York City native has also handled communications work for Maryland Democratic primary candidate Ira Shapiro and for Rep. Paul Kanjorski (D-Pa.) in his 2002 election campaign. Rosen also previously worked as a production manager for the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee’s Harriman Communications Center.

Before coming to the Hill, Rosen was an assistant producer for “Dateline NBC” in New York. She is a 1999 graduate of Tufts University and holds a bachelor’s degree in international relations.

[IMGCAP(1)]Pelosi Gets Plenty of Advice. With one new policy adviser and two new advisers to the leader, November was a “getting to know you” month in House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi’s (D-Calif.) office.

Arshi Siddiqui, 31, is Pelosi’s new policy adviser on tax, trade and pension issues. Before joining the office, Siddiqui was an associate at Williams and Jensen law firm representing clients before Congress on issues relating to tax, trade and technology. She has also worked on the Hill as counsel to Rep. Xavier Becerra (D-Calif.) on the Ways and Means Committee and as a legislative aide to then-Rep. Eva Clayton (D-N.C.).

Siddiqui, a Davis, Calif., native, received her law degree from Georgetown University Law Center in 1997 and earned her undergraduate degrees in economics and political science from the University of California at Davis in 1994.

Michael Tecklenburg recently joined Pelosi’s staff as an adviser to the leader responsible for Judiciary Committee-related issues. Previously, Tecklenburg served as director of the Washington office for South Carolina Gov. Jim Hodges (D) and coordinated the governor’s federal agenda. Tecklenburg also served at the U.S. Justice Department as litigation counsel to assistant attorney for antitrust Anne Bingaman. He is also a former president of the Alexander Graham Bell Association for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing.

The 40-year-old Charleston, S.C., native earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of South Carolina in 1986 and a law degree from the Columbia University School of Law in 1989.

Picked to serve as adviser to the Minority Leader in Pelosi’s outreach office and cover health care, labor, Asian American and Pacific Islanders, seniors and disability issues is Charmaine Manansala, 29. Previously, Manansala served in the Social Security Administration as the leadership development programs team leader and was a senior policy analyst with the White House Initiative on Asian American and Pacific Islanders in the Clinton administration. She also worked for the Health and Human Services Department.

Manansala, a native of Cypress, Calif., earned her bachelor’s degree from Smith College in 1996.