illiams, Pam Geisinger and Susan Barreto
WHO: Shawn Wooden, 29
WHAT: Special adviser for corporate transactions
WHERE: AFL-CIO, Washington
WHEN: Joined in May to assist the labor organization's private equity program, provide investment banking services to affiliate labor unions and union pension funds and identify significant corporate transactions. Previously an associate with the law firm of Day, Berry & Howard.
WHY: Investment banker -- with a great Rolodex -- to the labor movement, a concept never before institutionalized at the AFL-CIO.
Said Bill Patterson, director, AFL-CIO office of investment: "He's a young, endlessly curious, insightful lawyer, with a gut feeling for how workers need to be part of the process in restructuring and he has a sense of how to get us there." Although he's young, Mr. Wooden has "been around a lot of very heavy situations -- political situations as well as legal -- and has the spirit of how to make stuff happen."
Ernest G. Green, who has worked with him on AFL-CIO transactions and at the National Association of Security Professionals, said Mr. Wooden energetically works to educate AFL-CIO affiliates on different investments. He is "someone who's really going to grow into this job," Mr. Green said.