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Washington moves of the week: Pete Buttigieg alums find new gigs, former Trump aides land network jobs, and an ex-health official joins a firm making home COVID test kits

  • The post-Trump media landscape continues to grow as two former aides land network gigs.
  • A key COVID-19 official under Trump partners with a private at-home rapid testing company.
  • A former Axios reporter quits her post as Teen Vogue editor after uproar over racist tweets.
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The Pete Buttigieg diaspora continues to make moves as another alum nabs a plum communications role in the Department of Transportation. And another Buttigieg alum takes a key advisor role with the Michigan Democratic Party. 

Former President Donald Trump’s advisers and officials are finding jobs in conservative media and in the private sector. One of Trump’s closest advisors has signed a deal with Newsmax and a former coronavirus testing czar is now a senior advisor for a company that makes at-home COVID-19 rapid tests. 

On Capitol Hill, senators and members of Congress continue to grow their staff. New hires include a Salt Lake City talk show host landing a key communications gig for a Utah senator. 

Here’s Insider’s rundown of the biggest staff moves for the week of March 15.

PS: If you’re looking for a job in Washington, here’s how you can land one in the Biden administration, as a congressional staffer on Capitol Hill, or as a lobbyist on K Street influencing policy and politicians.

Capitol Hill

Allen Lee Lonsberry, a former talk show host for KSL-AM in Salt Lake City, is now the communications director for Sen. Mike Lee, a Republican of Utah. 

Ben Driscoll has started a new job as senior Democratic counsel for the Senate Rules and Administration Committee, chaired by Democratic Sen. Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota. Driscoll was previously judiciary program director at the League of Conservation Voters. 

Elizabeth Sheldon is now a press assistant for the House Democratic Caucus. She previously served as the deputy communications director for Rep. Joe Cunningham, a Democrat of South Carolina. 

Ricky Le joined the office of Democratic Rep. Linda Teresa Sánchez of California as her chief of staff. Le returned to Capitol Hill after a stint in government relations at VMware Inc.

Emily Catherine Taylor started a new job as Rep. Peter Meijer‘s new communications director. She joins the Michigan Republican’s office after serving as the Republican communications director for the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee. 

Diala Jadallah-Redding who previously worked as policy director for the Congressional Progressive Caucus is the new deputy assistant administrator for legislative affairs at the US Agency for International Development. 

Christopher Fonzone is now general counsel of the Office of the Director of National Intelligence. Fonzone previously worked as a partner in Sidley Austin’s DC office. 

  Janie Simms Hipp is general counsel of the Department of Agriculture. Hipp previously was CEO at the Native American Agriculture Fund. 

Leslie Kiernan is general counsel of the Department of Commerce. Kiernan was a senior advisor to the Biden-Harris transition and is special counsel in the Office of the White House Counsel. She was deputy counsel in the Obama administration. 

Todd Kim is assistant attorney general in the Department of Justice’s environment and natural resources division. He was the deputy general counsel for litigation, regulation, and enforcement at the Department of Energy.  

Lily Adams is principal deputy assistant secretary in the Office of Public Affairs. Adams most recently was a senior spokesperson and advisor to the Democratic National Committee. 

Bridget Cummings, former chief of staff for the foundation president at the Obama Foundation is now senior advisor to the deputy secretary of the Treasury. 

Ari Krupkin is director of scheduling and advance in the Treasury Department. He most recently served as the deputy director of events and ceremonies for the Biden-Harris Inaugural Committee.  

Addar Levi has started a new job as deputy general counsel in the Office of General Counsel. He most recently was general counsel of the Obama Foundation and of President and Mrs. Obama’s family office.  

Craig Radcliffe is deputy assistant secretary for Banking in the Office of Legislative Affairs at the Treasury Department. Before that, Radcliffe served as senior economic counsel in the office of Sen. Mark Warner, a Virginia Democrat.

Arian Rubio is now special assistant in the office of legislative affairs at the Treasury Department. Rubio previously worked on economic and environmental policies for Sen. Elizabeth Warren, a Democrat from Massachusetts. 

Natasha Sarin is deputy assistant secretary for microeconomics in the Office of Economic Policy. Sarin was an assistant professor of Law at the University of Pennsylvania Law School and an assistant professor of finance at the Wharton School of Business. 

Ben Halle, former Iowa communications director for Buttigieg and a former communications director in Michigan for Biden’s presidential campaign, is replacing Chris Meagher as Buttigieg’s deputy director of public affairs at the Department of Transportation. 

Politics

Linda Chapa LaVia is now a senior advisor at Democratic political consulting firm 1833 Group LLC. She previously served as director of the Illinois Department of Veterans Affairs, and before that, as a state representative in the Illinois House of Representatives.

Megan Clasen and Patrick McHugh have launched Gambit Strategies, a Washington-based media and creative firm focusing on digital ads, mobilization, and advocacy campaigns. Clasen served as a senior paid media advisor for Biden’s presidential campaign. McHugh previously worked as executive director of Priorities USA Action, a leading Democratic super PAC that supported President Joe Biden during the 2020 campaign.

Rodericka Applewhaite, who worked for Buttigieg’s presidential campaign on its rapid response team, has been named senior communications advisor for the Michigan Democratic Party. 

Lobbying and advocacy

Robert Hoffman is now government affairs director for Broadcom Inc. He previously led Accenture’s government relations team.

Dave Banks, a former chief strategist for Republicans on the House Select Committee on the Climate Crisis, is now a policy fellow at Citizens for Responsible Energy Solutions Inc. 

Audrey Baker is the communications director for the bipartisan advocacy group Patients For Affordable Drugs and its sister organization Patients For Affordable Drugs Now. Baker most recently led media strategy for reproductive rights, criminal justice, housing, food advocacy, and humanitarian campaigns at the communications firm M+R.

Adm. Brett Giroir, who served as a coronavirus testing czar for the Trump administration, will become chief medical advisor to Gauss Surgical Inc, the makers of a rapid at-home COVID-19 test. The company is still seeking US Food and Drug Administration authorization for its 15-minute antigen test being developed along with the biotech Cellex. 

Laura Miller was promoted to managing director of campaigns and advocacy for When We All Vote, a celebrity-backed get-out-the-vote nonprofit that counts Michelle Obama, Tom Hanks, and Lin-Manuel Miranda as co-chairs.

Communications and media 

Alexi McCammond, a former Axios reporter, has stepped down in her new role as editor in chief of Teen Vogue. McCammond’s racist tweets, sent when she was a teenager in 2011, sparked an outcry from Teen Vogue’s staff. McCammond has apologized again for the tweets. It’s unclear what her next career move will be.

Jason Miller, one of Trump’s closest advisors, and Andrew Guiliani, the son of Rudy Guiliani and a former Trump aide, are joining the conservative media outlet Newsmax as contributors. 

Matt Fuller is now politics editor of The Daily Beast. He previously worked as a congressional reporter for HuffPost.

Nomaan Merchant has joined the Associated Press’ Washington Bureau as a national security and intelligence reporter. He previously covered immigration news for the AP from Texas.

Aída Chávez is now DC correspondent for The Nation. She previously was a congressional reporter for The Intercept. 

Samantha Schmidt will become the Washington Post’s next Bogota, Colombia bureau chief. She was previously a gender and family issues reporter for the paper.

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