Jeffrey A. Tassey
Executive Director, Electronic Payments Coalition and Community Merchants USA
Jeffrey A. Tassey manages the Electronic Payments Coalition (EPC), which includes credit unions, community banks, and payment card networks that move electronic payments quickly and securely between millions of merchants and millions of consumers across the globe. EPC powers Community Merchants USA (CMUSA)—a one-stop resource to help small business owners use electronic payments to help start, manage and grow a business.
Mr. Tassey formed the government relations firm of Tassey & Associates in 2004, which specializes in issue, coalition and legislative risk management involving complex, unpopular issues, with a concentration on financial services, bankruptcy and legal reform issues.
Mr. Tassey also led the Coalition for Responsible Bankruptcy Laws during the nine year battle to obtain bankruptcy reform, culminating in the passage of the Bankruptcy Abuse and Prevention Act of 2005. In 2003, he founded and managed the Partnership to Protect Consumer Credit, which obtained passage of the FACT Act in 2003, renewing the Fair Credit Reporting Act.
Prior to the establishment of Tassey & Associates, Mr. Tassey served as a partner at Williams & Jensen where he led the firm's Practice Group for Financial and Judicial Reform Issues. Previously, Mr. Tassey held the position of Executive Vice President for Legal and Government Affairs for the American Financial Services Association.
Mr. Tassey spent nine years as a senior Congressional staffer, serving as Counsel to the Subcommittee on Commerce, Consumer and Monetary Affairs of House Committee on Government Operations, and as Banking Counsel to the Honorable Doug Barnard, Jr. Leading up to his Congressional career, Mr. Tassey received a Public Affairs Fellowship from the Hoover Institution at Stanford University, was a visiting scholar at the American Enterprise Institute and completed his fellowship at the Joint Economic Committee of the United States Congress.
In January, 2001, Mr. Tassey was named to the Bush Administration transition team to provide advice to the Treasury Department on financial issues and appointments. In 2004, the Hill newspaper named him as one of the top financial services lobbyists.
Mr. Tassey received a BA in History from the College of Wooster in Wooster, Ohio and a JD from Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri. He was awarded a Public Affairs Fellowship at the Hoover Institution at Stanford University.