Ellen Moran executive vice president and general manager for the D.C. office of Hill + Knowlton Strategies. (Chet Susslin)Ellen Moran
Hill + Knowlton Strategies
"I've always been one of those people who likes to jump out of bed in the morning and get to work," Ellen Moran, 49, tells me. In March, Moran's morning routine took a new turn: She moved over to consulting firm Hill + Knowlton Strategies from sister agency Dewey Square Group, the public-affairs firm where she began as a principal in 2012. The opportunity to manage people is what led her to make the leap, she says. Now executive vice president and general manager for the D.C. office of H + K, which specializes in public affairs, corporate reputation management, and crisis communications, Moran's biggest priority, she says, is nurturing talent: The firm's people are "what makes us great." Before entering the consulting world, the native of Amherst, Massachusetts, served in the Obama administration as White House communications director and then as chief adviser to Secretary of Commerce Gary Locke.
Jen Beltz is the vice president of global communications at BSA | The Software Alliance. (Chet Susslin)Jen Beltz
BSA | The Software Alliance
Last month, Jen Beltz became vice president of global communications at BSA | The Software Alliance—a trade group that represents software companies' interests with respect to trade policy, data policy, and patent reform. The new post is a significant departure from her prior one: campaign manager for Evan Falchuk, who ran as an independent candidate for governor in Massachusetts. (He lost, but he succeeded in founding the state's United Independent Party.) The Dayton, Ohio, native—who turns 46 this week—says she owes her versatility to a peripatetic childhood: "The good thing about moving a lot is you learn to adapt very quickly, and that's why the different types of jobs I've done seem to come naturally to me," she says. In her new job, Beltz hopes to change the way we think about software. When most people hear the word, she says, they still think of what's on their PCs—not, say, the programs that help predict tsunamis. "But software is immeasurably broader in today's world."
Jeff Sadosky is a senior vice president with Forbes-Tate. (Chet Susslin)Jeff Sadosky
Jeff Sadosky says he missed the Hill. After serving as communications director for Senator Rob Portman of Ohio for three and a half years, and working communications for Sens. Mike DeWine and Kay Bailey Hutchison before that, Sadosky led a small press team for the Biotechnology Industry Organization. But 18 months later, the 37-year-old from Huntington Beach, California, jumped to government-affairs firm Forbes-Tate as a senior vice president. "This position allows me to be more involved in politics than I had been previously," he explains, "but also, at the same time, stay closely connected to the Senate and the work going on up there." Among his top projects in his new role? Handling communications for Conservative Solutions PAC, the super PAC dedicated to helping Marco Rubio run for president. But his main job, he says, is making sure that "our clients have eyes and ears as to what's going on in the Senate" and that they "can navigate those waters as effectively as possible."