Zachary Taylor is the Director of Government Relations for the Consumer Data Industry Association, representing membership and advancing industry priorities before state legislatures, regulators, and executives across the country. With more than a decade of experience in public affairs strategy, Zachary brings a deep experience in government relations, public relations, and communications at the federal, state, and local levels to the CDIA team.

Before joining CDIA, Zachary led the American Recyclable Plastic Bag Alliance (ARPBA) at the Plastics Industry Association (PLASTICS) where he directed the alliance’s advocacy efforts to promote, defend, and protect America’s plastic bag manufacturers—a 15-billion-dollar industry employing more than 30,000 Americans. He worked with state policymakers across the country to protect consumers from unfair taxation, defeat counterproductive bags bans, and with the media to highlight the sustainability advantages of plastic bags and industry-supported recycling programs.

At RunSwitch PR, one of the largest public relations firms in the Midwest, Zachary provided strategic counsel and led public affairs campaigns at the local, state, regional, and national levels. His clients included high-profile consumer and entertainment brands, global manufacturers, foreign embassies, and a variety of advocacy groups who trusted his counsel to navigate the intersection of business and government.

Earlier in his career, he worked with the Global Business Alliance (GBA), a trade association representing the interests of more than 200 global companies who invest and operate in the United States before Congress, the Administration, and regulatory agencies. His issue portfolio covered tax reform, trade policy, international treaties, national security, and investment competitiveness.

Prior to working with GBA, Zachary served on the public affairs team for the Retail Industry Leaders Association (RILA), supporting communications, grassroots, and state government affairs functions as well as the Retail Litigation Center.

Zachary is a Buffalo, New York native and a Boston University alumnus.