Restaurant Group Orders Up DeFife

Posted December 14, 2009 at 11:36am

Scott DeFife, a one-time senior policy adviser to House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-Md.), is leaving his job at the Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association to become executive vice president of policy and government affairs at the National Restaurant Association, three sources confirmed Monday.

DeFife, who has been at SIFMA since 2007, will serve as the restaurant group’s top lobbyist, and he will report to the NRA’s CEO, Dawn Sweeney, who has been reorganizing the group.

Earlier this year, the restaurant association let its chief lobbyist, John Gay, go and hired Chris Raymond, a former chief of staff to Rep. Joe Sestak (D-Pa.), as vice president of government affairs. At the same time, David Koenig and Caitlin Donahue joined the team. With those moves in June, NRA Executive Vice President of Public Affairs Beth Johnson had told Roll Call that the staffing reorganization was mostly complete expect for a couple of associate-director-level jobs.

However, DeFife’s hire as top lobbyist indicates the reorganization was not as far along in June.