Kim Ford, VP of Global Government & Public Affairs at First Data
Kimberly (Kim) Ford is Vice President of Global Government & Public Affairs for First Data, a Fortune 300 financial services company that provides secure and innovative payment technology and services to more than six million merchants and financial institutions around the world. In her role, Kim manages First Data’s U.S. legislative and regulatory advocacy program, spanning the 50- state capitols, Congress and regulatory agencies. She also serves as a subject matter expert on payments’ industry issues for state and federal policymakers and routinely hosts regulatory update sessions with key payments industry players. She has served as an expert witness to testify in front of the U.S. Congress as well as various state legislative bodies across the country. Kim also supervises First Data’s state and federal consultants and is treasurer of the First Data PAC.
Prior to her 12 years at First Data, she was Regional Director for U.S. Senator Bill Nelson of Florida, and she served as the Director of Government Relations for the Tampa Bay Homebuilders Association and Director of Communications for the Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce.
Kim is based in First Data’s Washington, DC office.