ETA GOVERNMENT AFFAIRS STAFF
SCOTT TALBOTT, SENIOR VICE PRESIDENT, GOVERNMENT AFFAIRS
Scott Talbott is responsible for developing and executing ETA’s federal and state legislative and regulatory strategies on behalf of ETA’s more than 500 member companies. During his short tenure at ETA he has already grown the government affairs department exponentially. He has not only transformed ETA’s advocacy policy but has provided ETA with a stronger voice in Washington.
Prior to joining ETA, Mr. Talbott served as the Senior Vice President for Public Policy at The Financial Services Roundtable, where he directed the overall policy strategy, managed the daily legislative and regulatory advocacy efforts, as well as directed communications. Mr. Talbott also served as counsel to the organization and managed the Roundtable’s Political Action Committee. He has received numerous accolades in his tenure, including being named a top lobbyist by The Hill in both 2009 and 2011-2016, as well as a “winner” for his work during the economic collapse of 2008 by Washingtonian magazine. In 2010, he appeared in the Oscar-winning film “Inside Job.” Once named NPR’s favorite bank lobbyist, he is a frequent contributor to both national and international media. Mr. Talbott joined the Roundtable in 1994 after working in the tax departments of Arthur Anderson and Ernst & Young. He received his B.A. from Georgetown University, cum laude, and his J.D. from George Mason University School of Law.
PJ HOFFMAN, DIRECTOR, REGULATORY AFFAIRS
As Director of ETA’s regulatory affairs, Mr. Hoffman identifies, analyzes, and authors written comments on rulemaking proposals from federal and state regulatory bodies affecting the electronic payments system. PJ Hoffman, as an integral part of ETA’s Government Affairs Department, is staff liaison to federal and state regulatory agencies; assists in handling the development and implementation of the association’s regulatory policies; and conducts analysis, interpretation and explanation of policy issues that have an impact on ETA’s members.
Prior to joining ETA, Mr. Hoffman was an attorney at Pepper Hamilton LLP, where he focused on counseling banking and fintech clients concerning issues involving consumer financial services, payments, and state and federal regulatory issues. Hoffman also served as the Regulatory Affairs Counsel at the National Association of Federal Credit Unions and worked for several years in political campaigns across the nation. He holds a BA from Illinois Wesleyan University and a law degree from University of Miami Law School.
REBECCA CANTRELL, SENIOR MANAGER, GOVERNMENT AFFAIRS
Rebecca Cantrell is responsible for representing ETA before federal and state policy makers and helping to manage ETA’s advocacy efforts to further the growth of the electronic payments industry.
Prior to joining ETA, Cantrell served as the Senior Legislative Assistant for Congressman Tom Graves (R-GA) where she handled a robust legislative portfolio primarily focused on issues pertaining to financial services, appropriations, and telecommunications.
A North Carolina native, Cantrell received her B.A. in Political Science from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte.
GRANT CARLSON, GOVERNMENT AFFAIRS SPECIALIST
Grant Carlson is responsible for ETA’s day-to-day Government Affairs and PAC strategies along with political and regulatory research and analysis. Prior to joining ETA, Mr. Carlson worked on the hill and on a number of political campaigns. Carlson received B.A. in Political Science from The George Washington University.