STEPHEN E. LAMAR
Executive Vice President, American Apparel & Footwear Association (AAFA)
Senior Director, Worldwide Government Affairs & Public Policy, Levi Strauss & Co.
GLOBAL SOURCING: From rising cost challenges to international trade, the first day of the WWD Global Sourcing and Global Markets Forum will focus on issues affecting all involved in the business of global sourcing and supply chain.
Stephen E. Lamar
Stephen E. Lamar is Executive Vice President of the American Apparel & Footwear Association (AAFA). Mr. Lamar is responsible for the design and execution of AAFA lobbying strategies on a series of issues covering international trade, labor policy, customs procedures, the environment, judicial policy, product safety, and procurement practices. He also advises AAFA member companies on legislation and regulatory policies affecting the clothing and footwear industries.
Before joining AAFA, Mr. Lamar worked for prominent D.C.-based lobbying shops Jefferson Waterman International and Neill and Company. He has more than six years experience with the Executive Branch, including several years with the Commerce Department's International Trade Administration as a Presidential Management Intern. Before joining the Commerce Department, Mr. Lamar served for two years as a Peace Corps Volunteer in the southern African country of Botswana.
Mr. Lamar is President of the Washington International Trade Association and has lectured at several universities and the Foreign Service Institute on trade and public policy. He holds a bachelor of arts degree from Colgate University in New York and a master of arts degree in international affairs (with a concentration in African politics and international trade) from George Washington University in Washington, D.C.
Mr. Lamar is married with three children. In his free time, he is the Scout Master for Cub Scout Pack 1818 and the Committee Chair for Boy Scout Troop 1818. An avid runner, Mr. Lamar has completed nine marathons.
Helga Ying is Senior Director of Worldwide Government Affairs and Public Policy at Levi Strauss & Co.
In her position, Ms. Ying is the principal advisor and strategist for Levi Strauss & Co. on government affairs and public policy. Her responsibilities include international trade and corporate citizenship (environmental sustainability, equality and social justice, HIV/AIDS, labor and worker rights), brand protection, and other issues that promote the company's business success and social responsibility.
Ms. Ying is Levi Strauss & Co.'s chief representative before all governmental bodies. She is an advisor to the U.S. government as a representative for the Industry Trade Advisory Committee on Textiles and Apparel, is Vice Chairperson of the Government Relations Committee of AAFA, and a member of the Board of Directors for the United States Association of Importers of Textiles and Apparel.
Prior to joining Levi Strauss & Co., Ms. Ying served as Program Manager and then Director of Member Services at Business for Social Responsibility for four years.
Ms. Ying was a member of Senator Edward M. Kennedy's staff as a legislative assistant both in the Foreign Policy office and on the Labor and Human Resources Committee from 1993-1996. She also served as an Associate Buyer for Dayton-Hudson Department Store Company.
Ms. Ying holds an M.A. in international relations and economics from The Johns Hopkins University Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies, and a B.A. from Macalester College. She was also a Fulbright Scholar in Germany, studying business management and labor relations.
Levi Strauss & Company’s Helga Ying and American Apparel & Footwear Association’s Stephen Lamar explain that even though enacting the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement is a "no-brainer," there are still significant barriers to getting it implemented.