Tracy Schmaler, who heads public affairs for the U.S. Dept. of Justice, is leaving March 8 for a slot at ASGK Public Strategies, the firm founded by Obama advisor David Axelrod. 

Schmaler's four-year tenure at the Justice Dept., where she was the top spokeswoman and key aide to Attorney General Eric Holder, included PR victories like the defense of the Affordable Care Act and large settlements with mortgage brokers and oil giant BP, as well as crises like the "Fast and Furious" gun scandal.