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Northup Shakes Up Staff

Kentucky Rep. Anne Northup (R) has hired three new staffers and promoted one more in her Washington, D.C., office.

Meredith Brown, 25, has been promoted from legislative correspondent to legislative assistant and will handle issues related to Northup’s three Appropriations subcommittee assignments.

Brown, who hails from Atlanta, received a bachelor’s in international relations from George Washington University in May 2001.

Janae Barker, 23, has been hired to fill the legislative correspondent position vacated by Brown. She will deal with constituent requests related to the Appropriations subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education and related agencies.

Before joining Northup’s staff, Barker worked on President Bush’s re-election campaign and as an assistant to election-day legal teams. The Highland, Ill., native graduated from the University of Missouri with a bachelor’s in journalism in 2004.

Michael Biagi, 22, joined the staff late last year as a legislative correspondent. He will deal with constituent requests related to the Appropriations subcommittee on Transportation and Treasury, in addition to issues related to energy, defense and the economy.

The Shelbyville, Ky., native previously worked as a grass-roots coordinator and research manager for Northup’s re-election campaign in 2004. He graduated from the University of Notre Dame with a bachelor’s in political science.

Sean Farrell, 25, has been brought on board as a staff assistant. Farrell previously interned in the office of Sen. Mitch

McConnell (R-Ky.). He hails from Fort Mitchell, Ky., and received a bachelor’s in history from Northern Kentucky University in 2003.

Filner Fills Out Staff. Rep. Bob Filner (D-Calif.) made two key hires in his district office. Humberto Peraza has been hired as the district chief of staff, and Marielena Castellanos has been brought on board as communications director.

In the past, Peraza worked for Rep. Xavier Becerra (D-Calif.) as a liaison to the Congressional Hispanic Caucus and as the San Diego and Imperial counties area director and statewide Latino director for Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.). Peraza lives in Chula Vista, Calif., and graduated from San Diego State University. [IMGCAP(1)]

Castellanos, also a native of Chula Vista, previously served in the office of the mayor of San Diego, Dick Murphy (R). She received her bachelor’s degree from the University of California at Berkeley.

Senior Frist Aide Retires. After more than 20 years in various Congressional and executive offices, Allen Moore is retiring and taking a job at the Global Health Council.

He joined Majority Leader Bill Frist’s (R-Tenn.) staff in 2001 as legislative director and was promoted to deputy chief of staff and policy director. Before joining Frist’s office, he worked for several lobbying firms and served as undersecretary of commerce for the International Trade Administration. Moore has also served as chief of staff of the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee.

Moore, 60, said he is joining the Global Health Council because “the council does important work in something I care a lot about — improving health for vulnerable populations, particularly women and children, in the developing world. … I have had an interest in helping poor countries since my Peace Corps days in the Bolivian Andes.”

A native of Glendale, Calif., Moore graduated from Pomona College in 1966 with a bachelor’s in economics and received a master’s from Stanford Business School in 1971.

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