Paul Brathwaite is leaving Podesta Group, which is a target of special counsel Robert Mueller's probe of former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort and Russian meddling in the US election, Dec. 1.
The former executive director of the Congressional Black Caucus, handled PG clients such as T-Mobile, Samsung and Airbnb.
He notified clients via an email of plans to launch Federal Street Strategies.
Prior to the CBC, Brathwaite worked in the Clinton Administration as deputy assistant secretary of Labor for the Employment Standards Assn.
Earlier, he served as an aide to former Delaware Congressmen Tom Carper (D) and Mike Castle (R) and ex-New York Governor Mario Cuomo (D).