K Street Files: Trebat to Treasury

Posted June 3, 2009 at 6:12pm

Lobbyists looking for an in at the Treasury Department will have a new face to get to know as of Monday, when Gabrielle Trebat joins as a deputy assistant secretary focusing on business outreach, according to several sources with knowledge of the move.

[IMGCAP(1)]The Treasury Department did not return calls.

Trebat, who most recently was executive director of the Brazil-U.S. Business Council, has plenty of experience dealing with large multinational companies.

In addition to her time at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, Trebat also worked at the Council on Competitiveness, a nonpartisan economic policy institute.

NRA Beefs Up. The National Restaurant Association’s reorganization of its government relations team is almost complete.

The trade group, which let go chief lobbyist John Gay earlier this year, has hired Chris Raymond as vice president of government affairs. The former chief of staff to Rep. Joe Sestak (D-Pa.) will share lobbying responsibilities with Brendan Flanagan, who is director of government relations. Raymond joins NRA after a stint at the National Council for Higher Education.

David Koenig and Caitlin Donahue are also joining the group. Koenig, formerly with the American Forest & Paper Association, will be director of tax and profitability.

Donahue will be in charge of the association’s political action committee as associate director. She was formerly with the Business Industry Political Action Committee as executive director of candidate advocacy.

While the association is still looking to fill a couple of associate-director-level jobs, NRA Executive Vice President of Public Affairs Beth Johnson said the additions are proof that the trade group is ready to “hit the ground running.—

K Street Moves. Kevin Dempsey is joining the American Iron and Steel Institute as the trade group’s senior vice president of public policy and general counsel. Dempsey is currently a partner at Dewey & LeBoeuf.

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