January 15, 2015

Capitol Counsel is continuing to grow its roster, scooping up Ethan Pittleman from the Washington, D.C., office of Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber.

It’s the third highest profile hire for the bipartisan firm in as many months, which has been bolstering its team.

Kitzhaber served as the governor’s deputy director of federal affairs, essentially bridging the gap between Capitol Hill and the northwestern state. He will serve as a principal at the firm.

“I have admired Ethan’s work on behalf of Governor Kitzhaber,” said John D. Raffaelli, the founder of Capitol Counsel, in a statement. “His diverse background brings a wealth of experiences in Washington, state government and energy policy that will help Capitol Counsel better serve our clients.”

In his most recent post, Pittleman worked closely with the National Governors Association, Western Governors’ Association and Democratic Governors Association — even partnering with other states on climate and transportation issues.

Before that, he served as a policy aide and fundraiser for Rep. Kurt Schrader (D-Ore.) and worked on natural resources and tax policy, including managing Schrader’s portfolio on the Small Business Committee. Pittleman also has experience in the private sector, having spent a short stint at Rasky Baerlein Strategic Communications.