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D.C. Staff Moves: Jordan Raynor Leaves Engage

BY Nick Judd | Thursday, July 12 2012

Today is Jordan Raynor's last day at the right-leaning digital communications firm Engage, he announced in an email to friends. Raynor is leaving digital politics to join LifeSync, a technology product shop in Tampa, Fla. He's also working on his own venture, Citizinvestor, an as-yet-unlaunched platform for crowdsourcing citizen donations to specific projects. Citizinvestor is a finalist in Code for America's Civic Accelerator program. Read More

Freedomworks Hires an Outreach Director

BY Miranda Neubauer | Monday, June 25 2012

Freedomworks has hired Deneen Borelli as its new director of outreach, the group announced in a statement. A key part of her role will be to "participate in recruiting grassroots activists -- including minorities -- and aggressively challenge the misleading voices of the liberal black establishment," the group says. Read More

Two Congressional Staffers Move to Twitter's @Gov Team

BY Miranda Neubauer | Tuesday, June 19 2012

Bridget Coyne, digital director for Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) and Sean Evins, a staffer on the House Administration Committee, are moving to the Twitter Government and Politics team, according to a tweet from @gov. Politico had reported Evins' move last week. He told Politico Influence that he would be "acting as a liaison between Twitter and elected officials and helping them better communicate with their constituents." Read More

Twitter Hires a Director of Public Policy for Europe

BY Miranda Neubauer | Tuesday, May 29 2012

Twitter has hired Sinéad McSweeney, director of communications for Garda Síochána, Ireland's national police service, as its director of public policy for Europe, according to Twitter's government account. McSweeney previously worked in the same role for the Police Service of Northern Ireland, and also served as special adviser to two attorneys general, David Byrne and Michael McDowell. She will be based in the company's office in Dublin. Read More

Nancy Pelosi Hires Think Progress Editor as New Media Director

BY Miranda Neubauer | Tuesday, May 8 2012

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi has hired Faiz Shakir, editor-in-chief of the liberal-leaning Think Progress blog run by the Center for American Progress thinktank, as her new director of new media and senior adviser, the Huffington Post reported. He will be replacing Karina Newton, who plans to travel the world with her husband, according to the Huffington Post. Read More

Tech Moves: Obama's "Director of Voter Experience" is Moving On

BY Nick Judd | Friday, May 4 2012

Here's a dispatch from political-tech land: Anthea Watson Strong, a member of Obama for America's tech team, is moving on. Her last day is today and she's saying her goodbyes on Twitter.

Watson Strong, who you might remember as the left-leaning half of the crosspartisan team that stewarded the Voting Information Project during 2010, is moving on to work with Google as an independent consultant to do work around the election. While working on VIP, a project to collect and provide easy programmatic access to information about elections like polling places and ballot information, she was at the New Organizing Institute; prior to that, she worked as a lawyer in the House of Representatives.

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