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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June 27, 2019 11:00 AM

Briefing: KnowTheChain - Reviewing Proposed New Methodology

AAFA/FLA Briefing: Methodology consultation on the KnowTheChain apparel & footwear benchmark

TOPICS: Brand Protection, Supply Chain, Trade

TYPE: Webinar

LOCATION: Online

6/27/2019 11:00:00 AM

June 27, 2019 03:00 PM

Legwear Committee June 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

6/27/2019 3:00:00 PM

July 2, 2019 12:00 PM

Webinar: Member-Only: Tariff Exclusions - What You Need To Know

Join us to explore the new tariff exclusion process and what kind of savings and refunds this might mean for you.

Members Only

TOPICS: Trade, Supply Chain

TYPE: Webinar

LOCATION: Online

7/2/2019 12:00:00 PM

July 9, 2019 03:00 PM

Government Relations Committee July 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

7/9/2019 3:00:00 PM

July 11, 2019 09:00 AM

Brand Protection Council Session

A meeting of the Brand Protection Council prior to AAFA Brand Protection Seminar: Fighting The Fakes

Members Only

TOPICS: Brand Protection

TYPE: Committee

LOCATION: New York, NY

7/11/2019 9:00:00 AM

July 11, 2019 10:00 AM

AAFA Brand Protection Seminar: Fighting The Fakes

Designed to address intellectual property and anti-counterfeiting, this workshop is a forum for thought leadership and idea exchange.

TOPICS: Brand Protection

TYPE: In-Person Event

LOCATION: New York, NY

7/11/2019 10:00:00 AM

July 24, 2019 02:00 PM

Webinar: Transparency & Collaboration Make a Better Tomorrow

Visibility between retailers, brands and suppliers pave the way to more effective decisions, improved trust and increased consumer confidence.

TOPICS: Supply Chain

TYPE: Webinar

LOCATION: Online

7/24/2019 2:00:00 PM

Aug. 6, 2019 12:30 PM

Environmental Committee Summer 2019 Meeting

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

Members Only

TOPICS: Supply Chain

TYPE: Committee

LOCATION: Minneapolis, MN

8/6/2019 12:30:00 PM

Aug. 7, 2019 08:00 AM

AAFA Traceability Seminar

This program delivers business solutions, resources, and initiatives to keep to people and the environment safe through supply chain transparency.

TOPICS: Supply Chain, Trade

TYPE: In-Person Event

LOCATION: Minneapolis, MN

8/7/2019 8:00:00 AM

Aug. 8, 2019 08:00 AM

Social Responsibility Committee Summer 2019 Meeting

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

Members Only

TOPICS: Supply Chain

TYPE: Committee

LOCATION: Minneapolis, MN

8/8/2019 8:00:00 AM

Aug. 13, 2019 03:00 PM

Government Relations Committee August 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

8/13/2019 3:00:00 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