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Movers & Shakers

Alia Faraj-Johnson, press secretary for former Gov. Jeb Bush, will be joining Hill+Knowlton Strategies as a senior vice president, leading the firm's Tallahassee office.

Prior to joining H+K Strategies, Faraj-Johnson served as managing director of public relations and public affairs at Sachs Media Group. She was Bush’s press secretary and communications director from 2002 to 2007, and managed communications at 18 state agencies.

Faraj-Johnson was previously a television news reporter and vice president of news operations for Capitol News Service in Tallahassee.

New partner at Ballard

The government affairs firm, Ballard Partners, is expanding, adding veteran lobbyist Christopher Hansen, to its Tallahassee office.

Hansen, who will be a partner, previously served as a governmental consultant for Gray Robinson, P.A. and before that, he worked in a similar role at Huey, Guilday, Tucker, Schwartz & Williams, P.A.

Hansen was a legislative analyst for the Florida House of Representatives' majority office and the executive director of a large political action committee.

Interim chief named for Disability Rights Florida

Maryellen McDonald has been named interim executive director of Disability Rights Florida.

She joined the staff of Disability Rights Florida in 2009 as supervising attorney and for the past four years, she served as Disability Rights state director of legal and advocacy services.

McDonald's appointment follows the retirement of Bob Whitney.