Alison Kutler, Senior Vice President of Government Relations for the Americas, Visa

akutlerAlison Kutler serves as Senior Vice President of Government Relations for the Americas at Visa. In this role, Alison leads Visa’s government relations efforts in the United States, Canada, Latin America, and the Caribbean with responsibility for developing and managing the company’s legislative and regulatory strategy for these markets.  She has more than 20 years of experience in government and the private sector developing public policy strategies at the U.S. and global level.

Most recently, Alison held the position of Vice President, External Affairs at Rio Tinto, where she oversaw federal and state advocacy and policy for the U.S. and Latin America.  Before that, she was a partner in the Public Law and Policy Strategies Group at the international law firm Sonnenschein Nath & Rosenthal LLP.

Previously she held senior roles in the Obama Administration as the Deputy Chief of Staff of the Export-Import Bank of the United States and as Director of the Trade Advocacy Center located within the International Trade Administration at the U.S. Department of Commerce.  She also held positions in the Clinton Administration at the U.S. Department of Commerce and the U.S. Small Business Administration, and has experience in Congress where she served on the staff of former U.S. Congressman Peter Hoagland.  In addition, she served on the staff of the 2000 Gore- Lieberman Presidential Campaign and the 1992 Clinton-Gore Presidential Campaign.

Alison received a J.D. from Stanford Law School and a B.A. in Government from Georgetown University.  She is a member of the Stanford Law School Board of Visitors and serves as Vice President of Kids Enjoy Exercise Now (KEEN), an innovative nonprofit that provides sports opportunities to children with severe and profound disabilities.