Government Relations Committee

The Government Relations Committee serves as the principal “eyes and ears” for AAFA on trade and other legislative and regulatory matters at national and international levels. It directs lobbying and advocacy responses for matters affecting the U.S. apparel and footwear industry. It advises the Board and Executive Committee on policy positions. A confidentiality agreement is required for participation on the committee. If you work for a member company and would like to join the committee, please download, sign, and return the confidentiality agreement [pdf] to membership@aafaglobal.org.


In the current times of rapidly evolving trade policy, the Government Relations Committee is a vital link to meetings with key agencies and staffers in Washington to stay on top of key trade issues impacting our supply chains. We also work to express the voice of the AAFA to members of Congress and the Administration during scheduled lobby days and through the tireless activities of the AAFA staff. If staying on top of legislative issues is important to you and your company, I encourage you to participate in the GR Committee."

-- Bryan Wolfe, Vice President, International Trade, ANN INC./Ascena Retail Group
Committee Chairman

Committee Leadership

Bryan Wolfe, Chair
Vice President of International Trade, Ann Inc.

Stephanie Lester, Vice Chair
Senior Director, Government Affairs, Gap, Inc.

Committee Membership

View Committee Roster

Staff Liaison

Nate Herman

Related Events

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Jan. 23, 2020 03:00 PM

Webinar: NAFTA to USMCA – Understanding the New Trade Agreement

Learn how the provisions of the new USMCA impact you and your company.

Members Only

TOPICS: Trade

TYPE: Webinar

LOCATION: Online

1/23/2020 3:00:00 PM

Feb. 4, 2020 08:00 AM

Social Responsibility Committee Meeting 2020

The Committee discusses CSR issues and develops tools, policies, and best practices to help companies address those challenges.

Members Only

TOPICS: Brand Protection, Supply Chain, Trade

TYPE: Committee

LOCATION: Long Beach, CA

2/4/2020 8:00:00 AM

Feb. 4, 2020 12:30 PM

Environmental Committee Meeting 2020

The Committee discusses sustainability issues facing the industry and develops innovative solutions to meet those challenges.

Members Only

TOPICS: Brand Protection, Supply Chain, Trade

TYPE: Committee

LOCATION: Long Beach, CA

2/4/2020 12:30:00 PM

Feb. 5, 2020 08:30 AM

Product Safety & Compliance Seminar 2020 - CA

Join this seminar where compliance, regulations, and risk management information is shared and discussed to help your company comply.

TOPICS: Supply Chain, Trade

TYPE: In-Person Event

LOCATION: Long Beach, CA

2/5/2020 8:30:00 AM

Feb. 18, 2020 03:00 PM

Government Relations Committee February Conference Call 2020

Review the issues of the day and discuss Committee plans over the coming months.

Members Only

TOPICS: Brand Protection, Supply Chain, Trade

TYPE: Committee

LOCATION: Conference Call

2/18/2020 3:00:00 PM

Mar. 3, 2020 07:00 AM

Board of Directors Meeting and Capitol Hill Visit

The Board of Directors Meeting and Capitol Hill Visit will take place prior to the start of the Executive Summit on March 3rd.

Members Only

TOPICS: Brand Protection, Supply Chain, Trade

TYPE: In-Person Event

LOCATION: Washington, DC

3/3/2020 7:00:00 AM

Mar. 3, 2020 02:00 PM

Executive Summit 2020

Join senior level executives in Washington, DC at the Executive Summit!

TOPICS: Brand Protection, Supply Chain, Trade

TYPE: In-Person Event

LOCATION: Washington, DC

3/3/2020 2:00:00 PM

Mar. 10, 2020 02:00 PM

Brand Protection Council Quarterly Call March 2020

Review the issues of the day and discuss BPC plans over the coming months.

Members Only

TOPICS: Brand Protection

TYPE: Committee

LOCATION: Conference Call

3/10/2020 2:00:00 PM

Mar. 10, 2020 03:00 PM

Government Relations March Committee Conference Call 2020

Review the issues of the day and discuss Committee plans over the coming months.

Members Only

TOPICS: Brand Protection, Supply Chain, Trade

TYPE: Committee

LOCATION: Conference Call

3/10/2020 3:00:00 PM

Apr. 7, 2020 03:00 PM

Government Relations Committee April Conference Call 2020

Review the issues of the day and discuss Committee plans over the coming months.

Members Only

TOPICS: Brand Protection, Supply Chain, Trade

TYPE: Committee

LOCATION: Conference Call

4/7/2020 3:00:00 PM

Apr. 21, 2020 06:00 PM

American Image Awards 2020

Meet the honorees we are proud to recognize for 2020 and help celebrate fashion's future on the red carpet April 21!

TOPICS: Supply Chain, Trade, Brand Protection

TYPE: In-Person Event

LOCATION: New York, NY

4/21/2020 6:00:00 PM

Apr. 29, 2020 09:30 AM

AAFA Government Relations Spring Committee Meeting 2020

On April 29, we will meet to discuss pending trade and regulatory matters critical for the apparel and footwear industry.

Members Only

TOPICS: Brand Protection, Supply Chain, Trade

TYPE: Committee

LOCATION: Washington, DC

4/29/2020 9:30:00 AM