peter bardenPeter Barden, who was former New York governor George Pataki's deputy director of legislative affairs, has joined Rational 360 as managing director in New York.

He’ll do corporate, PA and crisis work for the Washington-based firm headed by Patrick Dorton, ex-media relations for Arthur Andersen and special assistant to President Bill Clinton.

Barden, who ran Barden Communications, will continue his role as communications director for the Online Lenders Alliance.

Earlier, he was managing director at Mercury/Clark & Weinstock’s PA practice, and senior VP-government affairs at the New York Power Authority, the largest state-owned utility in the U.S.