The American Apparel and Footwear Association (AAFA) named Juanita D. Duggan its chief executive officer, replacing Kevin M. Burke, who left the organization in January after 13 years with the organization.
“I look forward to taking the reins at AAFA and building on the fine work of my predecessor, Kevin Burke,” Duggan stated. “This is a great opportunity to up the association’s game in an era of fast-paced change in the industry and the policy world. The apparel and footwear industry is a key driver of economic growth in the U.S. and globally. I can’t wait to tell their story.”
Duggan, an experienced lobbyist who most recently served as policy director at Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck, the Washington D.C.-based firm she joined in 2010. During her tenure Duggan worked with a range of clients, including some in the retail industry.
In a statement, AAFA chairman Rick Helfenbein said: “Juanita has demonstrated time and again her relentlessness and dedication to succeed for her clients. Her ability to lead organizations, develop coalitions, and successfully manage complex lobbying efforts and public affairs campaigns is quite impressive.”