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Personnel note: Rutledge Ecenia adds Mixon & Associates lobbyists

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Mixon & Associates lobbyists Corinne Mixon and Jessica Janasiewicz are joining the Rutledge Ecenia law firm’s lobbying team.

Also coming to the firm on a contract basis is Mixon & Associates’ Juhan and Pat Mixon, and Jim Hamilton, the firms said in a joint announcement.

They “will bring a wealth of experience in governmental affairs and a strong client base with concentrations in healthcare and education,” the release said.

“I couldn’t be happier about the fusion of Mixon & Associates’ lobbyists and clients into our firm,” said Gary Rutledge, the firm’s founding principal. “In addition to them being well respected and knowledgeable professionals, the clients they bring to the firm complement our practice areas and give us a significant presence in the education space.

“I am confident that their addition to the firm will further our ability to advance in all practices,” he said.

Added Corinne Mixon: “We are extremely excited to join the team at Rutledge Ecenia and look forward to working with such a respected and talented group of people. With our combined expertise, I am confident that we will be able to optimize our reach and continue to grow our practice.”

She has more than 10 years of experience representing clients’ interests, with a particular emphasis on health care practitioners.

Mixon began her career as a Public Relations Account Coordinator at the Zimmerman Agency, the largest hospitality-centered communications firm in the nation. She managed the public relations efforts for major hotels stretching from the Cayman Islands to New York City.  

While earning her undergraduate degree from the University of Alabama’s School of Communications and Information Sciences, Corinne interned in the D.C. office of Republican U.S. Sen. Richard Shelby of Alabama, starting her interest in professional lobbying and politics.

She has managed a large statewide political campaign and been brought on by multiple entities to provide crisis communication services. Mixon also has significant experience working in association management, having acted as Executive Director of the Independent Funeral Directors and executive vice president at two large statewide associations.

Janasiewicz has more than 10 years of experience working in and with public schools across the country. She began her career as a fourth-grade teacher in Atlanta, earned a master’s degree in literacy and another master’s degree in politics and education from Teachers College, Columbia University.

While pursuing her degree in New York, Janasiewicz served as a domestic policy intern at the William J. Clinton Foundation. She joined Mixon and Associates in 2011 and began lobbying for school districts, becoming the lead lobbyist for many of the firm’s education clients.

Mixon and Janasiewicz join Rutledge, Jon Costello and Diana Ferguson as members of Rutledge Ecenia’s government affairs team effective today (Wednesday).

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