- Jennifer Safavian
Executive Vice President, Government Affairs
Jennifer Safavian oversees RILA's federal advocacy, guiding an agenda that includes trade, tax, privacy, labor and workforce and other critical issues facing the retail industry. Prior to joining RILA in 2015, Safavian served four years in senior leadership positions on the House Ways and Means Committee, including serving three years as the Committee's Staff Director, where she managed a portfolio of issues, including tax, trade and healthcare. Earlier in her career, Safavian also served as Chief Counsel for Oversight and Investigations for the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, leading a team of 20 attorneys with primary investigative authority in the U.S. House of Representatives and as Committee Counsel for the House Committee on Energy and Commerce. Safavian's nearly 20 years on Capitol Hill and extensive experience in high profile policy development led to her being named by theNational 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. Most recently, Safavian was named to The Hill's Top Lobbyists 2017 and 2018 for her work advocating for tax reform and other critical issues on behalf of the retail industry.
Safavian earned a bachelor's degree in Finance from St. Louis University and a law degree from Michigan State University. She is admitted to practice law in Michigan, Missouri and the District of Columbia.