Mary Weaver Bennett is the director of the Michael O. Leavitt Center for Politics and Public Service at Southern Utah University. She is a specialist in legislative and regulatory policy matters for the financial services industry, specializing in electronic payments, fintech, government relations, advocacy and communications.
Before moving to southern Utah, Bennett was the director of government and industry relations for the Electronic Transactions Association in Washington, DC, where she led federal and state public affairs strategy, lobbying and outreach initiatives. Bennett’s professional experience spans over 25 years in a range of Washington, DC institutions including the United States House of Representatives, the United States Senate, The Washington Campus and the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board under the United States Securities and Exchange Commission.
Bennett is a graduate of Pennsylvania State University where she earned a bachelor’s degree in political science. She most recently served as president of Red Ridge Consulting, LLC, and as an expert advisor for Blackline Advisory Group in Nashville, TN.
Industry Expertise (4)
Areas of Expertise (18)
Utah Political Candidates
Utah Legislative Body
Regulatory Policy for Financial Industries
Legislative and Regulatory Policy
Political Education Programs
Legislation for Financial Industries
Auditing Public Companies
Securities and Exchange Commission
Women in Public Service
Red Ridge Consulting, LLC
BlackLine Advisory Group
Director of Government and Industry Relations
Electronic Transactions Association, Washington, DC
Quoted on payments and public policy issues in leading industry and national sources
Industry and national sources include: American Banker, Bloomberg News, Reuters, Dow Jones, Tax Notes, ISO & Agent and Source Media publications, Transaction Trends, Digital Transactions, The Green Sheet, Mobile Commerce Report and Internet Retailer.
Pennsylvania State University: B.A., Political Science
- Friends of SUMA
- Kayenta Arts Foundation
- Windhorse Relations
Media Appearances (5)
Daylight Saving Time is one of the top constituent complaints, but the Utah State Legislature won’t hear a bill
Fox 13 online
Southern Utah University's Leavitt Center for Politics and Policy recently hosted a "pizza and politics" debate on it. Students were evenly split on whether to keep or dump Daylight Saving Time.
Mitt Romney visits with Southern Utah University Students
Southern Utah University students had a visit from Mitt Romney Thursday who stopped by to speak to students and gather signatures.
"Students can't quite believe it. They're lining up already," said Mary Bennett, Director of the Michael O. Leavitt Center for Politics and Public Service at SUU.
SUU names new director of Leavitt Center for Politics
Deseret News online
Southern Utah University has named Mary Weaver Bennett as the new director of the Michael O. Leavitt Center for Politics and Public Service. Bennett brings 25 years of professional experience in Washington, D.C, to the position.
Bennett began her government relations career as an associate director at the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board, a regulatory body overseeing auditors of public companies. Bennett also worked as a public affairs television writer, created several political education programs for business executives, and is a veteran of several congressional and presidential campaigns, including the Clinton/Gore campaign.
Southern Utah University's Leavitt Center announces new director
St. George News online
Southern Utah University has announced Mary Weaver Bennett as the new director of the Michael O. Leavitt Center for Politics and Public Service. Bennett brings 25 years of professional experience in Washington D.C to this position.
Donna Law, previous director of the Leavitt Center and now executive director of Development and Government Relations at SUU, said Bennett is an ideal leader.
“Mary’s experience in Washington will provide great relevance to the outstanding students she will mentor,” Law said. “I am thrilled to get to work with her and see how she will elevate the campus activities and community programs for SUU’s Leavitt Center.”
A Battered Acquiring Industry Seeks New Political Survival Strategies
Digital Transactions online
“Our era of self-regulation of pricing has ended,” Mary Weaver Bennett, director of government and industry relations for the Electronic Transactions Association, said Thursday at the merchant-acquiring trade group’s annual conference in Las Vegas. “Government scrutiny will increase.”
Bennett and Tucker Foote, vice president and head U.S. government affairs for MasterCard Inc., said at a conference session that after their victory in convincing Congress to regulate debit interchange through the Durbin Amendment in 2010’s Dodd-Frank Act, merchant interests are pushing for lower credit card interchange.