July 14, 2012
Public Affairs: 38 North Solutions
By Kristin Coyner, CQ Staff
The line of 38 degrees north latitude runs through Washington, D.C., and the San Francisco Bay Area, making it a fitting symbol for a new clean-energy and high-tech public affairs firm, 38 North Solutions. The firm is the brainchild of the energy team of the public affairs and lobbying firm QGA Public Affairs: Patrick Von Bargen, 63, a former chief of staff to Sen. Jeff Bingaman , the New Mexico Democrat who chairs the Energy and Natural Resources Committee; Katherine Hamilton, 50, former president of the GridWise Alliance coalition for “smart grid” electric transmission technology; Allyson Groff, 29, a former Democratic spokeswoman for the House Natural Resources Committee; and Jeff Cramer, 29, a former clean-tech investment banker.