WASHINGTON--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Melanie Sloan, longtime executive director of Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW), the country’s leading ethics watchdog, announced today she will be leaving the group to join the legal-crisis management firm of Lanny J. Davis & Associates.
Ms. Sloan co-founded CREW in 2003, and after nearly 8 years leading the organization, is moving into private legal practice where she will focus on congressional investigations. “As a former prosecutor, I have loved working at CREW and building it into a successful ethics watchdog organization, and now I am ready for a different challenge. Given the new political climate in Washington, this seems an ideal time to make a transition to private practice,” Sloan explains.
The firm, founded by former Special White House Counsel and prominent Washington lawyer Lanny J. Davis, works closely with Davis-Block LLC, a strategic consulting and public affairs company launched by Davis and Josh Block that operates at the nexus of politics, policy and public affairs. Together, the two firms provide cutting edge integrated client service across the range of legal, legislative, crisis management, foreign policy and communication strategies.
“We are expanding and growing our reach,” said Mr. Davis. “And we’re thrilled Melanie is coming on board. Her experience in Congress, as a federal prosecutor and at CREW make her an ideal addition.” Mr. Davis continued, “Melanie is a terrific lawyer who understands today’s media and political environments, and can craft smart integrated strategies to obtain the best results for clients.” The firms will continue to work closely with McDermott Will and Emery.
Ms. Sloan is a frequently cited expert on government ethics issues and has received accolades for her work. Earlier this year, she was named one of “Washington’s Most Influential Women Attorneys” by the Legal Times; The Hill called her one of Washington’s top grassroots lobbyists three years running; in 2009, Oprah Winfrey’s O Magazine included her as one of 20 in its “Power List”; and in 2008, Rolling Stone named her as one of “100 Agents of Change.”
“Melanie has a proven ability to get results. With the politically charged atmosphere on Capitol Hill and the prospect of increased congressional investigations, those finding themselves in Congress’s sights stand to benefit significantly from her advice,” explained Mr. Block.
Before starting CREW, Ms. Sloan worked for the Senate Judiciary Committee, under then-chairman Joseph R. Biden; for the House Crime Subcommittee, then chaired by Sen. Charles Schumer; and for the House Judiciary Committee, serving Rep. John Conyers. Following that, she served as an Assistant United States Attorney for the District of Columbia.
CREW Board President Louis Mayberg stated, “Melanie surpassed my expectations in what she has accomplished at CREW and we will miss her leadership. Melanie is a remarkably smart, media savvy, and capable attorney. Her unusual skill set undoubtedly will allow her to serve clients in the private sector as well as she did the public interest while at CREW.”
Ford Webb Associates has been engaged to conduct a national search to find a new executive director for CREW. Interested candidates should go to www.fordwebb.com.