Government Relations SIG

The GR SIG is one of MAC's most active communities, contributing regularly to member education through webinars, educational sessions, and news.

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Mission

The GR-SIG is dedicated to keeping the membership educated and aware of legal and regulatory issues that affect the payments industry. The SIG is also charged with providing advice and counsel to the Board related to public policy and legislative or regulatory advocacy efforts.

Activities

Engaging peer conversations 

The GR SIG meets bi-weekly to discuss trends, regulatory developments, emerging topics, and programmatic activities of interest to its members. 

 

GR News

The GR SIG has a long history of producing short and impactful summaries of topics important to MAC members. 

 See Recent Government Relations News

Resources and Education for Members
The GR SIG is a vital contributor to MAC's education and events. They create a panel session for MAC's signature educational event (Level Up), and nominate speakers and topics for other webinars. They also invite occasional speakers to their monthly meetings to support discussion and education for SIG members.

Membership

The GR SIG has a restricted membership and new members must apply to the SIG to join.  There is no additional membership fee for SIG participation.  The GR SIG particularly seeks the involvement of members that are directly involved in legal and compliance duties in their professional careers.  

For additional details on membership eligibility or other questions about the GR-SIG, please contact us at [email protected] and we will direct your inquiry to the correct volunteer or staff member for response.

SIG - Government Relations

The Government Relations SIG is charged with providing advice and counsel to the Board and the ED as it relates to public policy and legislative or regulatory advocacy efforts.
Chris Geron
Chris Geron
PCIP VP, Global Client Security Elavon
SIG Chairperson
Ellen Berge
Ellen Berge
Attorney Partner Venable
Vice Chairperson; AoF SME: Legis & Reg Enforcement
Brian W Jones
General Counsel Merrick Bank
Area of Focus SME: Acquiring Bank Oversight
Elaine Jamer
Elaine Jamer
SVP, Head of Sponsor Oversight Citizens Bank
Area of Focus SME: Card Brands
Jim Bibles
Jim Bibles
SVP Risk Aperia Solutions
Area of Focus SME: PCI, Privacy, & Data Security
Kevin Smith
Kevin Smith
Owner/Partner Even More LLC dba Even More Payments
Area of Focus SME: Membership
Barrie VanBrackle
Barrie VanBrackle
Partner Latham & Watkins
Committee Member
Jordan Bennett
Jordan Bennett
Senior Director, Network Risk Nacha
Committee Member
Jonathan Genovese
VP, Regulatory Compliance MerchantE
Committee Member
Kevin Lambrix
Kevin Lambrix
SVP, Merchant Acquiring Risk Leader KeyBank
Committee Member
Scott Talbott
SVP of Government Affairs ETA
Committee Member
Theodore Monroe
Attorney Law Offices of Theodore F Monroe
Committee Member
Tony Ogden
Tony Ogden
Electronic Payments Counsel BankCardLaw.com
Committee Member