Evan Armstrong Joins RILA as Vice President of Government Af

The Retail Industry Leaders Association (RILA) announced today that Evan Armstrong will join the association as Vice President for Government Affairs. Armstrong will lead advocacy efforts related to workforce and employment issues before Congress and federal agencies, including the Department of Labor (DOL), the EEOC and NLRB. 

Armstrong brings years of experience on Capitol Hill to the new job. For the past two years, Armstrong served as Legislative Counsel to Rep. Tim Walberg (R-MI). In this role, Armstrong was responsible for advising Rep. Walberg on all issues related to workforce policies, as Rep. Walberg serves as the Chairman of the Subcommittee on Workforce Protections for the House Committee on Education and the Workforce. Prior to joining Rep. Walberg’s office, Armstrong spent three years as General Counsel and Legislative Assistant for Rep. Michael Coffman (R-CO).   

“Evan brings valuable insight and experience to this position,” said Jennifer Safavian, executive vice president for government affairs. “His robust knowledge of workforce issues that are a priority for the retail industry and the political process on Capitol Hill, will make him an outstanding advocate for RILA members and we are excited to have him on the team.”  

Armstrong will officially join RILA on August 1.  

Armstrong earned his B.S. and J.D. from Villanova University and is a member of the State Bar of Texas.  

RILA is an outspoken advocate for the most critical issues facing the retail industry. RILA’s workforce and labor policy objectives include fighting the DOL overtime rule and reversing a variety of harmful NLRB decisions, including those that create micro unions, ambush elections and rewrite the joint employer standard. RILA also plays a leading role in the fight to level the playing field for all retailers as it relates to the collection of state sales tax, reforming the credit and debit card markets, cybersecurity, international trade and customs, implementation of the Affordable Care Act and privacy. 


RILA is the trade association of the world’s largest and most innovative retail companies. RILA members include more than 200 retailers, product manufacturers, and service suppliers, which together account for more than $1.5 trillion in annual sales, millions of American jobs and more than 100,000 stores, manufacturing facilities and distribution centers domestically and abroad. 

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