Joshua Lamel has joined Hill & Knowlton as the firm’s tech lead in Washington D.C. As SVP and the D.C. practice leader, he’ll be working with new and existing clients.

Lamel joins from J2 Public Strategies, a lobbying and government relations firm that he founded. He has also worked at the trade association TechAmerica, serving for a time as SVP of commercial policy and government affairs. And he worked in government as chief of staff for former Rep. Kendrick Meek (D-FL) and legislative counsel for Sen. Ron Wyden (D-OR).

In a statement announcing the new hire, Hadley Wilkins, H&K’s U.S. tech practice director, called technology one of the firm’s “fastest growing sectors in the U.S.”