Rick Dearborn, former White House Deputy Chief of Staff, has been named partner at the Cypress Group, a D.C.-based strategic advisory and advocacy firm.
Dearborn will expand Cypress’ Advisory practice, which works with clients to develop short- and long-term strategic plans to promote government relations as a center of opportunity within an enterprise.
“Rick has worked directly with congressional committee chairmen and other high-ranking policymakers to achieve solutions and truly knows how to get things done,” said Pat Cave, the firm’s founding partner. “Rick will serve as a senior advisor to the largest Cypress clients in the energy, technology, health care, finance, and defense sectors.”
News of Dearborn’s White House departure surfaced in December, when White House Chief of Staff John Kelly confirmed Dearborn would be stepping down to pursue a career in the private sector.
“Rick loyally served the president for two and a half years and brought tremendous energy to the White House staff,” Kelly then said in a statement. “He’s a super guy and it breaks my heart to see him leave, but I look forward to his continued personal friendship and support for the president’s agenda.”
Dearborn, who served as chief of staff for former U.S. Sen. Jeff Sessions for 12 years, joined President Donald Trump‘s White House in January. There, he oversaw political operations, public outreach and legislative affairs and has been an integral part of Trump’s effort to manage relations on Capitol Hill. Well respected among Republican leadership and their aides, he also had previous executive branch experience, having served as Assistant Secretary of Energy for Congressional and Intergovernmental Affairs.