The National Restaurant Association has announced that Liz Garner has joined the policy and government affairs team as director of Commerce and Entrepreneurship.

In this position, she will help advance the NRA's tax and profitability priorities, working with member companies, policymakers and other stakeholders as an advocate for the restaurant industry, the nation's second-largest private sector employer with nearly 13 million workers nationwide.

Additionally, she will play a key role in the association's advocacy for new payment systems that would improve data security measures for consumers and protections for restaurants.

"Liz's strong credentials within the retail community are of tremendous value to the association's policy agenda, particularly our ongoing efforts to enhance the recently enacted debit card swipe fee reforms and increase the transparency of credit card fees for merchants and consumers," said Scott DeFife, executive vice president of Policy and Government Affairs for the NRA.

Garner previously served as director of Government Relations for the Food Marketing Institute (FMI) representing the supermarket industry. In that role, she helped coordinated legislative efforts of the Merchants Payments Coalition (MPC), a group of more than 20 national retail trade associations, including the NRA, representing millions of card-accepting merchants. She will continue in this position in her new role at the NRA.

Garner holds a bachelor of arts degree from Vanderbilt University and a master of arts degree in Government from Johns Hopkins University.

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