John Kotek moves to DOE


Kotek Appointed to Senior Energy Department Post
Baker to Lead Idaho Office; Lyon Elevated to Partner

BOISE - John Kotek, Managing Partner in the Idaho office of Gallatin Public Affairs, has been appointed by President Barack Obama to serve as Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary in the U.S. Department of Energy's Office of Nuclear Energy. He joined Gallatin in 2007.

In his new role, John will be responsible for implementing the Department of Energy's strategy for managing spent nuclear fuel and high-level radioactive wastes. He will also be responsible for the nation's nuclear energy research and development programs and infrastructure, including the Idaho National Laboratory.

"Gallatin has been well-served by John's leadership and now the nation will be well-served by his knowledge and leadership," said Gallatin President Dan Lavey. "We will miss John but he leaves us stronger and in good hands."

John has more than 25 years of experience in the nuclear energy R&D and nuclear waste fields. He began his career at the U.S. Department of Energy in 1989, and moved to Idaho in 1999 to manage R&D program development at Argonne National Laboratory-West, which today is part of the INL. John was named Deputy Manager of DOE's Idaho Operations Office in 2003 and was responsible for federal management of the INL. John joined Gallatin in 2007, and for two years during his tenure with the firm (from 2010 to 2012) served as Staff Director to the Blue Ribbon Commission on America's Nuclear Future, a Presidentially-established commission which recommended a new strategy for America's nuclear waste management program.

"I'm proud to have been a part of the Gallatin team for nearly eight years and will miss the camaraderie with my colleagues and the opportunity to serve our clients" John said. "As I embark on this new challenge, I leave with the utmost confidence in the future of the office and the firm."

Gallatin Partner Emily Baker has been named Managing Partner of Gallatin's Idaho office. Emily is an Idaho native who began her career in the office of Governor Phil Batt. She joined the firm as a Principal in 2013, having served as a Presidential appointee in the General Services Administration and the U.S. Department of Commerce within the George W. Bush Administration. Following her departure from federal service, Emily founded and managed Baker Pinkerton, a DC-based strategic advocacy, government affairs, and communications firm.

"Emily Baker is a strong leader and an experienced consultant with deep Idaho roots. Gallatin is fortunate to have a team of veteran and new professionals leading our Idaho office into the future," said Lavey.

In addition, Mckinsey Miller Lyon has been named a Partner in the Boise office. Mckinsey was born and raised in Idaho and joined Gallatin as an Associate in 2006. She is the first person in the history of the firm to rise from Associate to Partner. In 2014, the Professional Women in Advocacy named her one of the top three up and coming women advocates. Mckinsey will continue advising clients with public affairs, communications and government relations strategies.

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Posted on January 14, 2015 .