Mon June 5, 2017

Ashley Stoney
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Association Veteran to Lead Government Affairs

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Scott DeFife today joined the Plastics Industry Association (PLASTICS) as vice president of Government Affairs. DeFife will lead federal, state and regulatory affairs, oversee advocacy and serve as the staff liaison to the Public Policy Committee.

“We are excited to welcome Scott to the PLASTICS team,” said PLASTICS’ Executive Vice President Patty Long. “His impressive experience in the association industry and on the hill makes him uniquely positioned to lead our Government Affairs team and help the plastics industry in achieving our goals of producing innovative and safe products, sustainably managing materials and ensuring a safe environment for our workforce.”

DeFife comes to PLASTICS with a wealth of experience in both trade association government affairs and the legislative process. DeFife led policy and government affairs for the National Restaurant Association (NRA). Prior to his tenure at the NRA, DeFife was the senior managing director at the Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association(SIFMA) where he managed federal and state legislative and lobbying efforts. Among his accomplishments, DeFife has been honored for his work by beltway-publication The Hill and executive newsletter CEO Update.

Prior to association work, DeFife acted as the senior policy advisor to former House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-Md.), concentrating on financial services, tax, economic and energy issues. DeFife also spent time on the hill as the legislative director to former Congressman Bart Gordon (D-Tenn.) and staff director to Congresswoman Carolyn McCarthy (D-Mo.). He also served as policy advisor to former Congressman Mike Andrews (D-Texas) in his home state of Texas.


About Plastics Industry Association

The Plastics Industry Association (PLASTICS), formerly SPI, is the only organization that supports the entire plastics supply chain, representing nearly one million workers in the $418 billion U.S. industry. Since 1937, PLASTICS has been working to make its members and the industry more globally competitive while advancing recycling and sustainability. To learn more about PLASTICS’ education initiatives, industry-leading insights and events, networking opportunities and policy advocacy, and North America’s largest plastics trade show, NPE: The Plastics Show, visit Connect with PLASTICS on TwitterFacebook and LinkedIn.