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April 21, 2017: Scott Brown was nominated as the U.S. Ambassador to New Zealand yesterday, Thursday, April 20, 2017. Brown, of Massachusetts, is a lawyer, and he was previously a U.S. Senator. Brown, 57, Republican, was in the Massachusetts Army National Guard before he received his law degree from the Boston College Law School. He then worked as a Legislator at the Massachusetts State Legislature for more than ten years, from March 25, 2004, to Feb. 4, 2010. Brown represented the Norfolk, Bristol and Middlesex district. Brown won the special election for Ted Kennedy’s U.S. Senate Massachusetts seat in 2010. Brown was a U.S. Senator from Feb. 4, 2010, to Jan. 3, 2013. He was succeeded in office by current U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren, Democrat. In the wake of his Senate tenure, Brown has worked as a political contributor for Fox News.
April 21, 2017: Country music musician and pilot Dierks Bentley has been hired as a Member of the Metro Nashville Airport Authority’s Board of Directors by Nashville Mayor Megan Barry. Bentley succeeds Rod Essig, who works for the entertainment industry’s Creative Artists Agency. Bentley’s hit songs include “Drunk on a Plane.” The Board positions are not compensated.
April 21, 2017: The California State Senate yesterday, Thursday, April 20, 2017, approved the appointment of former California State Sen. Isadore Hall to the state government’s Agricultural Labor Relations Board by a 25-13 vote. California Gov. Jerry Brown appointed Hall for the position after Hall lost a Congressional race in 2016 to a fellow Democrat, Rep. Nanette Barragan. The five-Member Agricultural Relations Board considers cases related to unfair labor practices and oversees collective bargaining rights for the industry. Hall, of Compton, was in the California State Senate from 2014 to 2016, and he was a California State Assemblyman from 2008 to 2014. The seat on the Agricultural Board pays $142,095 per year.
April 21, 2017: Alex Byers has been hired as the Director of Strategic Communications at the Glover Park Group, effective on Monday, April 24, 2017. Byers has been hired to work on technology, media, telecommunications matters and other issues. He most recently worked for seven years at Politico, including nearly five years as a technology reporter.
April 21, 2017: Holly L. Ham was appointed as the Assistant Secretary for Management at the U.S. Department of Education yesterday, Thursday, April 20, 2017. Ham, of Texas, has worked as a management consultant and sales executive at Hewlett-Packard Enterprise for many years. She has long worked with efforts supporting families and students in need, working on the board of directors for Skills for Living, Inc. and advising the board of Financial Mentors of America. Ham is also an APAWLI fellow through The Center for Asian Pacific American Women’s leadership program. Ham received her MBA, with a focus on finance, from the University of Houston.
April 21, 2017: Charles Luftig has been hired as a Policy and Standards Director for hedge fund Bridgewater Associates, effective during the week of April 23-29, 2017. Luftig was previously the Deputy General Counsel at the White House Office of Management and Budget and a Senior Adviser for Deputy National Security Adviser Avril Haines during the Obama administration. Luftig also worked at the White House National Security Council and U.S. Department of Justice.
April 21, 2017: Linda Martinez has been hired as an Economic Development Manager at the administration of St. Louis Mayor Lyda Krewson. Martinez's post would be similar to that of the former Executive Director for Development, a post that Barbara Geisman held in former Mayor Francis Slay's administration, one person said. Martinez worked for a brief time as the Director of the Missouri Department of Economic Development for former Gov. Jay Nixon. Martinez received her bachelor's degree from the University of Missouri-Columbia and her law degree from Washington University. Her biography on Bryan Cave's website says she specializes in public-private partnerships for the creation of public facilities, museums, sports and entertainment complexes and commercial, industrial, manufacturing and multifamily housing facilities. Bryan Cave, with 2016 revenue of $607.76 million, is one of the largest private companies in the St. Louis region. The company has 1,896 employees, including 570 in St. Louis.