The National Restaurant Association (NRA), an organizational member of the American National Standards Institute (ANSI), has announced that Scott DeFife has been named executive vice president, policy and government affairs. Mr. DeFife comes to the Association from the Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association (SIFMA), where he led government affairs.
In his new position Mr. DeFife is responsible for the NRA's federal and state legislative and lobbying efforts, overseeing government affairs, public policy, and advocacy communications for the 90-year-old organization. The NRA represents the nation's second-largest private sector employer, an industry with 13 million jobs, nearly one million restaurant and foodservice locations, and annual sales of more than $500 billion.
At SIFMA, Mr. DeFife led a 15-person government affairs team, and was recognized as one of the "best lobbyists in the business for America's business trade associations" by Capitol Hill's newspaper, The Hill. He previously served as senior policy advisor to House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-MD). He held senior legislative positions in the offices of Rep. Bart Gordon (D-TN), Rep. Karen McCarthy (D-MO), and Rep. Michael Andrews (D-TX). He has also represented the American Public Power Association and the National Conference of State Legislatures.
Earlier in life, Mr. DeFife worked in the restaurant industry, serving in a variety of front-line roles as he pursued his education. He received his B.S. in communications from the University of Texas at Austin and a masters of public affairs from the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs.
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