Webinar: The Election’s Impact on Payments Policy

November 18, 2020
12:00-1:00 CST

This webinar will be for MAG current and prospect merchant members.


As the COVID-19 pandemic continues and consumers increasingly turn to contactless methods and online retail sites to make their purchases, policymakers are looking at the cost of payment acceptance and debit routing practices. Senator Dick Durbin of Illinois and Representative Peter Welch of Vermont recently sent a letter to Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell encouraging the Federal Reserve to look into potential violations of the Durbin Amendment specifically around debit routing options. Kim Ford, SVP of Government Relations for Fiserv, Steve Mathison, Sr Vice President for Fiserv and Beth Provenzano, Vice President of Public Affairs for MAG, will lead the discussion on the federal and state payments policy landscape leading up to the November elections.

Ford_Kim_headshot Kim Ford - Director, Fiserv

Kimberly (Kim) Ford is Senior Vice President, Government Relations, at Fiserv. She is responsible for development and implementation of the company’s policy strategy and overall political advocacy engagement and represents Fiserv’s political interests as the company’s registered lobbyist in Washington, D.C.
Kim joined Fiserv from the U.S. Faster Payments Council (FPC), a business trade association focused on accelerating the implementation of faster payments in the U.S. She was the first Executive Director of the organization, responsible for managing the daily operations of the organization, developing the strategic plan, growing the membership base, and raising the public profile of the association.
Kim is a well-recognized and popular speaker on a variety of payments issues at industry and client conferences, and she has twice served as a subject matter expert witness to testify in front of the U.S. Congress.

Mathison_Steve_headshot-croppedSteve Mathison - Sr Vice President, Fiserv

Beth Provenzano - Vice President, Public Affairs, Merchant Advisory Group

Beth Provenzano is vice president for public affairs at the Merchant Advisory Group.  In this role, Provenzano serves as the MAG’s spokesperson; directs communications strategy and outreach to the media; and leads advocacy efforts with policymakers and regulators.
Prior to joining the MAG, Provenzano was vice president of government relations and political affairs at the National Retail Federation, lobbying on financial services, technology and intellectual property issues before Congress and the Administration, as well as directing advocacy and political engagement with Members of Congress and staff. Previously she served as deputy chief of staff for the Office of the Secretary of the Senate, handling a variety of duties including serving as spokeswoman for the office, preparing testimony and organizing Senate leadership events. Provenzano spent a number of years on Capitol Hill, serving in the offices of former Senator John D. Rockefeller IV, D-W.Va., and former Senator Bob Graham, D-Fla.
A graduate of George Washington University, Provenzano received an M.A. in political management. She graduated with honors from Southern Methodist University with a Bachelor of Arts in broadcast journalism. 


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