Boeing has lured Maureen P. Cragin away from the Veterans Affairs

Department to serve as vice president of communications in its

Washington office. Cragin, 39, is now in charge of coordinating

Boeing’s communications with Capitol Hill, the Pentagon, and many

others. She spent the past year and a half as assistant secretary

for public and intergovernmental affairs at Veterans Affairs,

managing a staff of about 85. She also spent nearly six years

with the House Armed Services Committee, ultimately becoming

communications director. She got her start in public affairs

during seven years of active duty in the Navy (she’s still in the

Reserves). Cragin caught the attention of the Naval Academy with

her prowess as a swimmer, and went on to graduate in 1985. How

did she survive her plebe year? She recalls that her father, a

former Navy basketball coach and Marine, told her, ” ‘Remember,

it’s a game. You just need to play the game.’ Whenever I was

down, I remembered those words.”

The Washington office of Ogilvy Public Relations Worldwide has

added a whopping 11 new staffers to its health and medical

practice and its creative group. Ogilvy’s managing director,

Robert Mathias, says, “Each has a different set of skills that

will enhance our ability to provide high-quality service to both

our long-term clients and our recent wins.” Lee Lynch, who comes

from Atlanta-based Dowling, Langley & Associates, takes over as

vice president of the health and medical practice. Joining Lynch

are Account Directors Sally McDonough, a former Capitol Hill

aide, and Kimberly Ocampo, from FitzGerald Communications; Senior

Account Executive Alvaro Puig, from the Media Network; Account

Executive Cara Roethel, formerly of Laubach Literacy

International; and Assistant Account Executives Emily Dammeyer

and Freya Leff. In the Creative Group, Imani Greene, a veteran of

McCann-Erickson and Saatchi & Saatchi, is the new media director.

In the Tanks

The Brookings Institution, which is transforming its government-

studies program into a broader pursuit called “governance

studies,” has added two veteran scholars to help with the task.

Ann Florini, the new senior fellow and director of the Project on

New Approaches to Global Governance, won’t have much of a change

in her commute: She moved to Brookings from its neighbor, the

Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, where she spent five

years as a senior associate. Part of Florini’s new role will be

overseeing Brookings’ collaboration with the World Economic Forum

to examine the responses of governments, interest groups, and

corporations to global goals such as reducing poverty and

educating children. “What is being done to accomplish those

goals?” she asks, “and are we on track or are we not?” Florini,

43, will work closely with new Visiting Fellow Mary Graham, who

will join Brookings from Harvard’s John F. Kennedy School of

Government, where she co-directs the Transparency Policy Project.

Graham is also president of the Governance Institute, which has

teamed up with Brookings.

Interest Groups

The American Insurance Association recently hired a new political

director: veteran fundraiser Joe Quigley. The 32-year-old Quigley

moves from the National Association of Real Estate Investment

Trusts, where he served most recently as director of government

relations. Quigley came to Washington after studying political

science and business at the University of New Hampshire. He

started out as a bartender and got his big break doing low-donor

fundraising-by the hour-for the National Republican Senatorial

Committee. Quigley proved to be deft at the work, and he ended up

staying at the NRSC for four years, working his way up to

regional PAC director. He followed that stint with fundraising

and development jobs at Citizens for a Sound Economy and the

National Association of Realtors. What’s Quigley’s secret?

“Effectively communicating that you’re giving people an

opportunity to invest, as opposed to asking them to give money,”

he says. Also at the American Insurance Association, spokeswoman

Brenda O’Connor has expanded her role to become vice president of

public affairs.

“There’s a big part of me that looks to ways I can serve the

public interest,” says Paul Thornell, a former aide to Vice

President Gore. That’s one of the reasons Thornell has signed on

with the United Way of America as vice president of public policy

and partners. Thornell, 30, will be tasked with helping the

community-service organization prioritize its legislative agenda.

He’ll also collaborate with the host of organizations that work

with United Way. Thornell comes from the PR firm Hill & Knowlton,

where he has spent the past year and a half, most recently as a

managing director. From 1998 to 2001, he served as Gore’s deputy

director of legislative affairs. He’s also worked with Sen.

Thomas A. Daschle, D-S.D., on the Senate Democratic Steering and

Coordination Committee, and with People For the American Way.

Thornell’s service streak has prompted him to take active roles

with D.C. Habitat for Humanity and the Council for Excellence in


The Global Health Council, the world’s largest membership group

dedicated to improving health worldwide, has hired some new

staffers. Stepping in as the new global AIDS policy officer is

Sophia Mukasa Monico, a human-rights and AIDS activist from

Uganda. Monico, 42, comes from the Toronto-based International

Council of AIDS Service Organizations, where she was the vaccine-

policy coordinator. Before that she spent six years as the CEO of

the AIDS Support Organization in Uganda. Nils Daulaire, president

and CEO of the Global Health Council, says Monico’s “ability,

credibility, and international networks are unparalleled.” In

addition, Tim Dougherty has signed on as the council’s director

of philanthropy and marketing; Lynnette Johnson Williams is the

new press secretary. Dougherty is the former director of resource

development and communications for Habitat for Humanity

International in Africa and the Middle East. Williams served as

deputy assistant secretary for public affairs at the Clinton-era

Health and Human Services Department.


The House Science Committee has seen several staff changes. The

new staff assistant on the Energy Subcommittee is Kate Sullivan,

a former administrative assistant at lobby shop Cassidy &

Associates. Sullivan, who has also served as a staff assistant at

the National Cotton Council of America, is currently working on

her doctorate in American government. Colin Hubbell is the new

staff assistant to the full committee. He got his congressional

start as an intern with committee Chairman Sherwood L. Boehlert,

R-N.Y. Hubbell previously worked as a substitute teacher and

middle school basketball coach in Utica, N.Y., his hometown. Hill

newcomer Adam Shampaine, an Annapolis, Md., native and a recent

graduate in economics from Saint Mary’s College, has joined the

committee as a special assistant to Chief of Staff David

Goldston. In addition, Staff Assistant Tom Hammond recently

switched subcommittees, from Energy to Space, and Staff Assistant

Jeremy Johnson has moved to the Research Subcommittee.