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Movers & Shakers: Two new hires at Gov's office, Bishop leaves Adam's Street Advocates

Two new hires at Governor's Office    

Karen Zeiler joined last week as deputy chief of staff. Previously she served as the chief of staff at the Agency for Health Care Administration, according to The Governor's Office.

Rachel Cone, former communications director from the Department of Environmental Protection, also joined Gov. Rick Scott's team last week as the director of strategic planning. Prior to this, Cone served at the communications director at the Department of Environmental Protection. 

Florida Chamber hires VP of government affairs                                                                               The Florida Chamber of Commerce named David M. Christian as vice president of government affairs.

“We’re pleased to add David Christian to our seasoned governmental affairs team and our effective political operations program spearheaded by Marian Johnson,” said David Hart, executive vice president of government affairs and political operations.

“One of our top priorities is to unite the business community and David’s association experience and private-sector background will enhance our ability to serve our members, association partners and local chambers of commerce. Adding David to the team will help solidify our business advocacy efforts and make our team even stronger.”

Christian, who will oversee 25 lobbyists in his new position, has a 20-year career that includes serving as vice president of public affairs, policy and communications with Verizon Communications, communications manager for the United States Telecommunications Association during the Telecommunications Act of 1996 and as deputy press secretary for Congressman Nicholas Mavroules.

Bishop leaves Adam's Street Advocates

Barney Bishop, former CEO of Associated Industries of Florida, left Adam's Street Advocates to focus on his own consulting firm, Barney Bishop Consulting. Bishop said he and a partner have taken out 2,000 square feet of space at an office on South Monroe Street.

"It was just a very cordial parting of ways," he said.

Brewser Brown joins Capitol Resources

Former Gov. Jeb Bush adviser Brewser Brown joined the Tallahassee office of the Mississippi-based government relations firm Capitol Resources LLC, according to a press release from the company.

“We’re fortunate to add someone of Brewser’s ability and reputation to our talented team,” Capitol Resources partner Henry Barbour said in a press release. “Obviously, Florida is a large and important state, and this expansion will help us serve a growing array of clients at both the state and federal level of government.”

For nine years, Brown worked his successful lobbying and consulting practice in Tallahassee. Prior to that, Brown served as an education adviser to Governor Jeb Bush and Chief of Staff to then-Lt. Governor Frank Brogan, the release states.

Former Jeb staff chief takes education PR job in Louisiana

Here’s a gem picked up by The News Service of Florida, and originally reported on by The Advocate, a Louisiana news service.

From NSF:

Deirdre Finn, a deputy chief of staff under former Gov. Jeb Bush, has been hired as the Louisiana Department of Education’s new communications director, according to The Advocate, a Louisiana news service. She’s taken a four-month contract, paying $12,000 a month, to promote the state’s efforts to improve education and to revamp the LDOE website. Her contract runs through the end of November, but can be extended up to three years. Finn said she will divide her time between Baton Rouge and Tallahassee.

Finn joins the Louisiana school system during a time of big changes, similar to those that have been implemented in Florida. They include expanded access to vouchers for some students to attend private and parochial schools, tougher teacher evaluations, and changes in how courses are delivered to public school students.

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