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RILA Names Capitol Hill Veteran Jennifer Safavian Top Lobbyist

The Retail Industry Leaders Association (RILA) announced Monday that Jennifer Safavian has officially joined the association as executive vice president for Government Affairs, becoming RILA’s top lobbyist. She will oversee RILA’s federal and state advocacy and guide an agenda that includes cybersecurity, e-Fairness, tax reform and other retail industry concerns.

Safavian has a near 20 years of experience on Capitol Hill, joining RILA after four years in senior leadership positions on the House Ways and Means Committee. She has also served for the past three years as the committee’s staff director where she managed a staff of over 50 lawyers, analysts and subcommittee staff, and oversaw the development of policy associated with an array of high profile issues including tax, trade and health care.

Before joining the Ways and Means Committee, Safavian spent eight years as chief counsel for Oversight and Investigations for the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform. As the chief counsel, she directed a team of 20 attorneys that made up the oversight and investigations team with primary investigative authority in the U.S. House of Representatives.

Safavian has been named by the National Law Journal as one of the “Top 10 Lawyers on Capitol Hill” and as one of Roll Call’s “Fabulous 50” Top Congressional Staff Members.

RILA president Sandy Kennedy said in a statement, “Jennifer’s extensive experience in policy development combined with her leadership skills position her well to provide RILA members an exceptional level of expertise and strategic thinking.” She added, “With a deep understanding of the issues critical to retail, Jennifer will be a strong advocate for the industry and a valuable addition to the RILA team.”

RILA includes over 200 retailers, product manufacturers and service suppliers, and advocates for critical issues facing the retail industry.