New Ruppersberger Hires Share an Alma Mater

Posted February 22, 2008 at 6:21pm

Rep. Dutch Ruppersberger (D-Md.) has hired two new staffers and promoted one. Both new hires — Kristin Barcak and Amanda Bregman — just graduated from the College of Charleston last year.

[IMGCAP(1)]Barcak signed on to Ruppersberger’s office as a government and business liaison. Before coming to the Hill, the political science major worked on grass-roots efforts to change health care policy and lobbied the Senate on behalf of Health GAP, an international health policy nonprofit organization. Barcak, 22, is originally from Maryland. She will be based out of the Congressman’s district office in Timonium, Md.

Bregman, 22, is the Congressman’s new staff assistant. Before heading to the Hill, she put her major in psychology and minor in health promotion to work as an intern at Susan G. Komen for the Cure. She also worked in a doctor’s office. A native of South Carolina, Bregman enjoys volunteering in her spare time.

Maya Hermann was promoted from staff assistant to legislative correspondent and speechwriter. In her new position, she will handle women’s issues, reproductive rights and environmental issues for Ruppersberger. Hermann is from New Mexico. She was previously a program assistant at the National Women’s Law Center.

Hermann earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Chicago and a master’s degree in political management from The George Washington University.

Beefing Up Communications. The Senate Judiciary Committee has welcomed Christopher Gindlesperger, 27, as the new director of communications under ranking member Arlen Specter (R-Pa.). Gindlesperger comes from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, where he was manager of media relations.

He also has experience as the press secretary on the House Homeland Security Committee and as a legislative assistant in Rep. Bill Shuster’s (R-Pa.) office.

Gindlesperger graduated from Pennsylvania State University in 2003 with a degree in communications. He is from Chambersburg, Pa., which is in Shuster’s district.

“I’ve been nothing short of absolutely impressed,” he said of his first few days working for the Judiciary Committee. “I just want to make sure we have a very effective and efficient communications sector, and I think my experience on the Hill and in the private sector will help us accomplish that.”

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