Former FMI director of government relations takes on new position.

The National Restaurant Association named Liz Garner director of commerce and entrepreneurship, which is a part of the organization's policy and government affairs team.

In her new position, Garner will help advance the NRA's tax and profitability priorities, working with member companies, policymakers, and other stakeholders as an advocate for the restaurant industry. Garner previously served as director of government relations for the Food Marketing Institute (FMI) representing the supermarket industry.

"Liz's legislative experience in a broad area of subjects will serve the restaurant industry well as we continue to work for permanent extension of both 15-year depreciation for restaurants and the Work Opportunity Tax Credit, as well as the upcoming debate on tax reform," said David Koenig, the NRA's vice president of tax and profitability.