Scott DeFife is Senior Managing Director, Government Affairs for the Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association, or SIFMA. In that position he oversees the federal and state legislative and lobbying efforts. Before joining SIFMA, DeFife served as senior policy advisor for financial services, tax, economic and energy issues to House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-MD). For the past two years, DeFife was recognized as one of the “best lobbyists in the business for America’s business trade associations” by Capitol Hill’s newspaper, The Hill. “Wall Street’s main trade group snapped up this well-liked former policy advisor to House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer;" and, "DeFife keeps SIFMA plugged in, even as the association faces a shakeup."
DeFife has deep Capitol Hill experience as legislative director to Congressman Bart Gordon (D-TN), legislative director and then staff director to former Congresswoman Karen McCarthy (D-MO), and policy advisor to former Congressman Mike Andrews. Off the Hill, DeFife has extensive experience in advocacy and policy positions related to state and municipal finance, economics and commerce, budget, tax and pension issues. He represented the American Public Power Association, the National Conference of State Legislatures, and served as Research Director for State of Texas Governor Ann Richards’ DC liaison office.
DeFife received his BS from the University of Texas at Austin and a Masters of Public Affairs from the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs.more » « less