WASHINGTON, DC—Spectrum, the health and life and consumer sciences specialist, has opened an Atlanta office—its second new location this year, following the launch of a New York office in March. Senior vice president and partner Amanda Sellers, a Georgia native who has worked for Spectrum in Washington, DC, and Atlanta for more than 12 years, will head the new office and cites the proximity of the Centers for Disease Control, Emory University and Georgia Tech as factors in the city’s health and technology sectors.

CHICAGO—ASGK Public Strategies and M Public Affairs have merged and rebranded as Kivvit. ASGK and M Public Affairs have been jointly owned since 2010. Founded as a Chicago-based public affairs firm by Eric Sedler and David Axelrod in 2002, ASGK opened a Washington, DC, office in 2009 and a year later backed Maggie Moran in launching M Public Affairs in New York and New Jersey. The Miami office opened in January this year and the firm now has 60 professionals across the five offices. Managing Partners Sedler and Moran will lead Kivvit, a name derived from an Alaskan Native word meaning "valuable" and "durable."

WASHINGTON, DC—Peter D. Rosenstein has formed PDR & Associates, a new company with expertise in the non-profit management, staffing, strategic planning, budget development and government affairs and public policy. Rosenstein has served as CEO of national associations including the American Academy of Physician Assistants, Accountants for the Public Interest, National Association for Gifted Children, and the American Academy of Orthotists and Prosthetists.