Scarlet Oak Strategies, the policy advisory and public affairs firm founded by Raymond Glendening, a veteran Democratic strategist from Maryland, is expanding.

The company announced this week that it is hiring two new employees.

David Richey has joined the firm as Managing Director, Western United States, focusing on the firm’s portfolio of government clients with interests in California and the Pacific Northwest, while also leading US advocacy and public relations

The company said Richey, who is based in Seattle, will work with clients on projects on a range of topics from energy and natural resources to private equity and infrastructure. He spent the past half a dozen years with national consulting firm 360 Strategies, advising former California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger (R).

Herb Tyson has joined the company as a senior advisor on government affairs, focusing on legislative and procurement strategies. Based in Washington, DC, Tyson has provided public relations and government affairs for corporations and trade associations, and has worked for the US State Department and the US Information Agency.

“With the addition of David and Herb, we have expanded the advice and support we offer our customers at all levels,” Scarlet Oak said in a message to customers. The Glendening-led company now has eight full- or part-time strategists and consultants associated with him.

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