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Badger State Rep. Ron Kind (D) shuffles his office deck.

Cindy Brown rises to the helm as chief of staff. The former legislative director will continue to serve as the Wisconsin lawmaker’s lead staff member for the New Democrat Coalition, which he chairs.

From 1995 to 1998, Brown took a break from the Hill to work as government relations manager at the American Association of University Women. She had earlier served as legislative assistant to Rep. Bart Stupak (D-Mich.).

Brown, who earned a bachelor’s in political science from the University of Michigan, later went on to receive a master’s in social work from the University of Pennsylvania.

She replaces Alan MacLeod, who departs to join Whyte Hirschboeck Dudek Government Affairs LLC. He will assist in opening the Washington, D.C., office of the Wisconsin-based firm.

Longtime Communications Director Darin Schroeder moves up a notch to senior policy adviser. Prior to joining Kind’s staff, Schroeder spent seven years with Sen. Russ Feingold (D-Wis.), serving as caseworker and later as Wisconsin office manager for the Badger State’s junior Senator. A native of Edgerton, Wis., Schroeder holds a bachelor’s from the University of Wisconsin at Madison.

Scot Ross becomes communications director. The former reporter has worked as communications director for the campaigns of Wisconsin Attorney General Peg Lautenschlager (D) and gubernatorial candidate Kathleen Falk (D).

Ross earned a bachelor’s in English from the University of Pittsburgh and a master’s from George Washington University.

The Cream of Crowley. The office of Rep. Joseph Crowley (D-N.Y.) recently got a new look.

Fresh from a fellowship with the New Partnership Foundation, Angela Ramirez joins the office as legislative assistant in charge of education, immigration and labor issues, among others.

Ramirez, who has also spent time as a health care consultant for the Advisory Board Co., earlier worked for the Manhattan district attorney’s office and served as a fellow for California state Sen. Betty Karnette (D). The 27-year-old Princeton University graduate hails from Sacramento, Calif.

Gregg Sheiowitz, also 27, has joined the office as legislative assistant for international relations and transportation issues.

Sheiowitz’s previous Hill experience includes stints as an intern for the International Relations Committee and later as staff assistant, legislative assistant, and then senior legislative assistant for then-Rep. Lynn Rivers (D-Mich.).

The Suffern, N.Y., native earned a bachelor’s in political science and international relations from Ramapo College of New Jersey in 1999.

Suzanne Anziska moves up a notch to press secretary but will continue in her executive assistant duties.

Anziska, who has been with the Congressman since July 2002, previously interned for Rep. Steven Rothman (D-N.J.). The Yeshiva University graduate holds a bachelor’s in English literature. Hailing from Teaneck, N.J., Anziska is 23.

Legislative fellow Marcus Menzel arrives after serving as a research and teaching assistant in the political science department at Germany’s Landau University. The former Nixon Center intern was educated at Landau and later earned a master’s in political science and English literature. Menzel, 29, is from Jockgrim, Germany.

Former Crowley intern Sarig Armenian works as a legislative correspondent, but also handles legislative issues pertaining to the environment, agriculture and campaign finance reform. Armenian, who has also interned for the Armenian National Committee of America, earlier worked for Rep. Brad Sherman (D-Calif.) as staff assistant.

The 23 year old is from McLean, Va.

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