Our staff works tirelessly to address our industry’s business challenges, define best practices, and advance the apparel and footwear industry. Take a moment to learn more about our staff and how each can help your company.


Stephen Lamar

President and CEO

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Stephen E. Lamar is President and CEO of the American Apparel & Footwear Association, the national trade association representing more than 1,000 brands in the apparel and footwear industry. Steve leads a dedicated team of professionals who represent AAFA members before the government, through the media, and in industry settings on key brand protection, supply chain and manufacturing, and trade issues. Steve also advises AAFA member companies on legislation and regulatory policies. Prior to becoming President and CEO, Steve served as Executive Vice President for the association.

Prior to AAFA, Steve spent more than a decade engaged in international public policy work, including stints at the U.S. Commerce Department and in the Peace Corps. A runner, juggler, and genealogist in his spare time, Steve is President of the Washington International Trade Association. He holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree from Colgate University and a Master of Arts Degree in International Affairs (with a concentration on African politics and international trade) from George Washington University.

Maureen Storch

Senior Vice President, Membership

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Maureen Storch joined AAFA in 2007 and is responsible for membership growth and retention, as well as initiatives that strengthen AAFA’s presence in the industry. Maureen oversees operational programs related to membership and serves on the Boards of Directors of the AAFA Education Foundation and the YMA Fashion Scholarship Fund. Under Maureen’s leadership, AAFA has welcomed more than 300 new companies into AAFA’s apparel and footwear membership base. In addition, Maureen was instrumental in assimilating the Hosiery Association in 2013. Maureen has extensive executive management experience within the apparel industry. Prior to AAFA, Maureen co-founded Global Nexus, Inc., which provided international marketing and sourcing consultants to the apparel and textile industries and served as its CEO. Prior to Global Nexus, Maureen served as Director of Global Operations for ASAP Global Sourcing, where she developed and managed alliances with apparel manufacturers and associations. Maureen also worked at Tommy Hilfiger as the National Sales Manager and the Coca-Cola apparel brand managing sales and marketing. She began her career as a Sales Representative with the Merona Sport Division of Oxford Industries. Maureen is married with four children and resides in Great Falls, Virginia.

Nate Herman

Senior Vice President, Policy

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Nate Herman oversees AAFA’s Policy department, managing the association’s lobbying, policy, and regulatory affairs activities. Nate leads AAFA’s corporate social responsibility (CSR) program, formulating and implementing CSR policy and representing AAFA and the industry on CSR issues before governments, NGOs, and other key stakeholders. In addition, Nate develops all apparel and footwear industry data and statistics as AAFA's resident economist. Prior to joining AAFA, Nate worked for six years at the U.S. Department of Commerce's International Trade Administration assisting U.S. firms in entering the global market. Nate spent the last two years as the Department's industry analyst for the footwear and travel goods industries. Nate received a Masters of Public and International Affairs from the University of Pittsburgh in 1994 and a Bachelor of Arts in International Relations and Economics from the University of Delaware in 1992.

Susan Lapetina

Senior Vice President, Education and Corporate Marketing

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Susan Lapetina leads AAFA’s education, programming, and special events initiatives. An experienced executive in meetings, events, marketing, and strategic planning, she directs the association’s signature events, the Executive Summit, Hong Kong Summit, American Image Awards, as well as AAFA’s Board meetings. Susan launched AAFA’s international training conference series throughout Asia and built its webinar platform. Spearheading AAFA’s Elite sponsor program, Susan works closely with supplier members to bring them visibility and recognition among association members. Before joining AAFA in 1999, she was Principal of Marketing Evolutions, a strategic planning services firm focused on associations and nonprofits. She also served as the Director of Marketing at the International Association of Fire Chiefs and the American Society of Landscape Architects. A graduate of Canisius College, Susan is originally from upstate New York.

Natalie LaBella

Vice President, Communications and Marketing

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Natalie LaBella drives integrated marketing communications and media relations across the association. In this capacity, Natalie manages AAFA’s website, publications, marketing of membership events, and other key initiatives as well as press engagement and earned media. She brings expertise to the association in the areas of program management, marketing and brand integrity, and advocacy. Prior to joining AAFA, she served as a consultant to the National Restaurant Association’s Government Affairs & Policy division where she managed sustainability efforts and partnerships within the restaurant industry. She has also supported the U.S. Department of Energy, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, and the International Trade Administration at the U.S. Department of Commerce. Natalie holds a Bachelor of Arts from Indiana University, Bloomington and an advanced certificate in marketing from the Georgetown University School of Continuing Studies.

Agata Borradori

Vice President, Finance

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Agata Borradori is responsible for finance, accounting, and payroll functions at AAFA. She handles day-to-day accounting functions, financial audits, and tax filings. Agata has a background in public accounting, where she provided accounting services to multiple non-profits. Agata graduated from American University’s Kogod School of Business with Bachelor of Business Administration and is a licensed CPA.

Beth Hughes

Vice President, Trade and Customs Policy

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Beth Hughes is responsible for supporting the association's efforts on international trade and customs issues. Beth oversees AAFA’s Trade Policy Committee, as well as AAFA’s Customs Group. Before joining AAFA, Beth served for six years as senior director, international affairs at the International Dairy Foods Association. Beth earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science at George Washington University and received a Master of Arts in international affairs from Florida State University.

Sarah Vincent

Director of Database Operations

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Sarah Vincent oversees the accuracy and integrity of the membership database as well as provides support to the Government Relations and Education and Corporate Marketing departments. She handles reporting, database design, and website development and integration. She has held similar positions at the Licensing Executive Society (USA and Canada) and the American Alliance of Museums.

Trisha Dello Iacono

Director, Sustainability

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Jennifer Hanks

Director, Brand Protection

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As the chief advocate and spokesperson for AAFA on intellectual property (IP) and brand protection issues, Jennifer Scoggins Hanks serves as the staff liaison to AAFA’s Brand Protection Council. She connects with government officials; members of Congress; and representatives of global e-commerce, social, and digital platforms to shape IP policy, protect U.S. branded products, and advance AAFA member online and offline priorities.

Jennifer’s unique background of public policy, advocacy, coalition management, and strategic communications experience was earned serving across a series of bicoastal public and private sector positions, including with a Washington D.C. public affairs firm, CNN Worldwide, the U.S. Senate, the U.S. Department of Energy, and the U.S. Department of Commerce. Her career began working in the California State Legislature and the California Governor’s Office.

Megan Balkovic

Director, Membership Experience and Industry Engagement

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As Director, Membership Experience and Industry Engagement, Megan Balkovic works closely with AAFA members to create meaningful experiences that bring them value. Responsible for overseeing event sponsorships, advertising opportunities, and implementing new member onboarding programs, Megan comes to AAFA with extensive association experience. Her past work includes expertise in the areas of membership, development, governance, and program coordination. Megan earned a Bachelor of Arts from Carson-Newman University.

Darrell Sumpter

Senior Office Manager/ Staff Accountant

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Darrell Sumpter is responsible for the daily operations of AAFA and maintaining a safe and secure working environment. Darrell purchases and maintains all equipment and supplies. He is the liaison with the property manager and the technology vendor in maintaining the computer network and desktop support. In addition, he provides accounting support for accounts receivable and subscription renewals.

Reem Bseiso

Program Manager/Governance Liaison

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Reem Kuhail is responsible for managing and facilitating the administration of the office of the Chief Executive Officer and Executive Vice President and handles all Board governance activities. Reem is also responsible for managing and executing the logistics for AAFA’s Policy Committee Meetings. She also provides back-up logistical support to the Education and Corporate Marketing Department. Reem also supports other departments by facilitating cross-organization communication and cooperation. Reem graduated from George Mason University with a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology.

Jordan Turner

Creative Marketing Specialist

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Jordan Turner joined AAFA’s Communications and Marketing Department in 2020 after graduating from Stevenson University with a Bachelor of Science in Visual Communication/Graphic Design. As Creative Marketing Specialist, Jordan brings AAFA’s member resources to life visually through designing branded materials (e.g., videos, event materials, infographics, publications) and ensuring consistent branding across the association. Jordan comes to AAFA following his positions of Studio Assistant at Stevenson University and Marketing & Social Media intern at Volo City, Baltimore.

David Trumbull

Government Contracts Committee Liaison

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David brings over 25 years of experience in textile and apparel policy issues, including the Berry Amendment, the Kissell Amendment, and other domestic sourcing preferences in government contracting. From 1994 to 2013 he was with the National Textile Association and was an advisor to the U.S. government on textile and apparel topics. Since then he has been an independent consultant with an international clientele, providing support for all aspects of U.S. federal regulations affecting the textile and fashion industries. He has worked closely with many AAFA members during the past two decades. While his work is directed toward Washington, D.C., he is based in Boston, Massachusetts, in close proximity to the Department of Defense facilities in Natick, Mass., and across the river from the Advanced Functional Fabrics of America institute in Cambridge, Mass.

Corinne Suder, CMP

Senior Director, Education and Corporate Marketing

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Corinne Suder is an experienced meeting and event planner, responsible for managing and executing the logistics for AAFA’s domestic and international conferences, seminars, and committee meetings. She also produces one of AAFA’s signature C-suite programs, the Executive Summit. Prior to joining AAFA, she spent nearly ten years with the National Football League Players Association as Programs Manager of the Retired Players Department. Corinne is married with three children and resides in St. Leonard, Maryland.

Katie Koscher

Program Manager, Education and Corporate Marketing

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Katie Koscher joined AAFA in 2017 after spending nearly five years working at the American Chemistry Council. As Program Manager with the Education & Corporate Marketing department, she contributes to training events, online workshops, webinars, and special programs presented both domestically and internationally. Katie works across all departments to ensure the members needs are addressed in ways that provide them a platform to engage and interact with AAFA and other association members. Katie is a Northern Virginia native only leaving to attend and graduate from Radford University with a Bachelor of Science in Fashion Merchandising.

Madison Mugford

Meetings and Webinar Coordinator

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As Meetings and Webinar Coordinator, Madison supports the Education and Corporate Marketing Department with meetings, webinars, and events. In this role, she focuses on the association’s robust webinar program and supporting sponsors, as well as event planning. Prior to joining AAFA, Madison spent nearly three years in New York City working in the fashion industry. During her time in NYC she was an account executive for companies Sam Edelman and Mignonne Gavigan. She graduated with a Bachelor of Human Environmental Sciences degree in Fashion Merchandising from the University of Alabama.