Ben Finzel, president of RenewPR, will also serve as strategic communications practice lead at 38 North Solutions, public policy/business strategy shop.

He'll provide PR counsel, outreach to clean energy/innovation clients and support services.

Finzel, who launched RenewPR in January, has more than 25 years of experience including stints at Glen Echo Group, Waggener Edstrom, Widmeyer Communications, FleishmanHilliard and Edelman.

He served in the Dept. of Energy during the Clinton Administration and on the staffs of former Democratic Congressmen Bill Richardson and Tim Valentine.

Finzel has counseled American Wind Energy Assn., American Energy innovation Council, Combat Climate Change, Portland Cement Assn., Shell Hydrogen and SCJohnson.

QGA Public Affairs veterans Patrick Von Bargen, Katherine Hamilton and Jeff Cramer launched 38 North Solutions, which has offices in DC, Denver and the Bay Area.