C-store group adds DC muscle

ALEXANDRIA, Va. — The National Association of Convenience Stores has named Paige Anderson as its director of government relations.

Anderson has extensive experience on Capitol Hill, and has particular expertise in energy policy and cyber-security. She most recently served as deputy chief of staff and legislative director for Congresswoman Mary Bono Mack, the outgoing U.S. Representative for California's 45th congressional district.

At NACS, Anderson will represent the convenience and fuel retailing industry’s viewpoint on a variety of issues, but will leverage her experience by focusing primarily on motor fuels and payment card data security issues, key issues for the C-store industry and retailers in general.

“Paige brings a wealth of legislative experience to our Government Relations team that will greatly expand our effectiveness on Capitol Hill and enhance our abilities to represent out membership on the core issues of fuels and data security,” said NACS SVP of government relations Lyle Beckwith. “We are excited to have her join our team.”

Anderson also has served as legislative director for Congressman Paul Brown, legislative director for Congressman Darrell Issa, senior legislative assistant for Congressman Brian Bilbray, senior legislative assistant for Congressman Ken Calvert and staff assistant for Congressman Al McCandless. She also served as manager of government affairs and business services for TXU Inc. (now known as TXU Energy), the largest provider of electricity in Texas.

Anderson earned a B.A. in political science and economics from the University of Illinois and an M.A. in national security studies from California State University, San Bernardino. She is a resident of Alexandria, Va.