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.

"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

Steve Lamar

Related Events

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Sep. 4, 2019 11:00 AM

AAFA Member-Only Conference Call on China Uighur Issue

AAFA off-the-record discussion on Uighur issue in China’s northwest Xinjiang Province

Members Only

TOPICS: Brand Protection, Supply Chain, Trade

TYPE: Committee

LOCATION: Conference Call

9/4/2019 11:00:00 AM

Sep. 10, 2019 02:00 PM

Webinar: Childrenswear Safety Testing for the EU Market

UL will dive into a detailed explanation of the different types of small parts tests that can be performed on children's clothing.

TOPICS: Supply Chain

TYPE: Webinar

LOCATION: Online

9/10/2019 2:00:00 PM

Sep. 10, 2019 03:00 PM

Government Relations Committee September Conference Call

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

9/10/2019 3:00:00 PM

Sep. 12, 2019 03:00 PM

Legwear Committee September Conference Call 2019

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

9/12/2019 3:00:00 PM

Sep. 17, 2019 02:00 PM

Brand Protection Council Quarterly Call September 2019

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

Members Only

TOPICS: Brand Protection

TYPE: Committee

LOCATION: Conference Call

9/17/2019 2:00:00 PM

Sep. 23, 2019 05:00 PM

Board of Directors Meeting Fall 2019

The Executive Committee and Board of Directors will meet at PVH Headquarters in New York, NY

Members Only

TOPICS: Supply Chain, Brand Protection, Trade

TYPE: In-Person Event

LOCATION: New York, NY

9/23/2019 5:00:00 PM

Sep. 26, 2019 09:30 AM

Footwear Workshop

Global issues are on the rise. Meet us in Lawrence, MA to discuss footwear issues that are essential for safety and compliance.

TOPICS: Supply Chain, Trade

TYPE: In-Person Event

LOCATION: Lawrence, MA

9/26/2019 9:30:00 AM

Oct. 7, 2019 03:00 PM

Government Relations Committee October Conference Call

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

10/7/2019 3:00:00 PM

Oct. 8, 2019 02:00 PM

Webinar: How Search Engines Can Support Brands and Fight the Fakes

Working directly with apparel and footwear brands, search engines have the ability to maximize intellectual property and consumer protections.

TOPICS: Brand Protection

TYPE: Webinar

LOCATION: Online

10/8/2019 2:00:00 PM

Nov. 6, 2019 02:00 PM

Social Compliance Workshop

AAFA and WRAP at Target's Hong Kong Headquarters to discuss social compliance.

TOPICS: Supply Chain

TYPE: In-Person Event

LOCATION: Kowloon, Hong Kong

11/6/2019 2:00:00 PM

Nov. 7, 2019 08:30 AM

Executive Think Tank in Hong Kong 2019

AAFA heads back to Hong Kong to convene industry leaders taking on complex and fast-paced demands of an industry in transition.

TOPICS: Supply Chain, Trade, Brand Protection

TYPE: In-Person Event

LOCATION: Hong Kong

11/7/2019 8:30:00 AM

Nov. 19, 2019 10:00 AM

Government Relations November Committee Meeting

On November 19, 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

11/19/2019 10:00:00 AM