Mariah Sixkiller
Mariah Sixkiller

Microsoft Innovation & Policy Center is hiring Mariah Sixkiller, who runs Sixkiller Consulting in DC and heads its national security practice, as director of government relations.

"Sixkiller Consulting will close at the end of the year as I transition to Microsoft in early January,” she told O’Dwyer’s.

The firm represents Microsoft on information technology matters and defense authorization issues. It also handles BSA The Software Alliance, Textron, Motorola, Noble Energy and Patriotic Millionaires.

Sixkiller has strong ties with the Democratic party. From 2006 to early 2014, she was national security advisor to House Democratic Whip and Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (2007-2011). Earlier, she was a foreign policy advisor to Sen. Paul Sarbanes (D-MD) and research director for Sen. Maria Cantwell (D-WA).

At Microsoft’s US government affairs shop, Sixkiller will report to Kinney Zalesne, general manager for responsible growth strategy.