Leading in the Community


As Americans simultaneously struggled with the global health pandemic and social unrest, retailers showed up as true leaders in communities large and small. Retailers understand that their voice is needed in complex policy conversations that impact the health and safety of our communities, and that as an industry, we are uniquely positioned to affect real change.

Retail is more than a store; we are an integral part of the fabric of our communities.

A Deeper Look into Leading in the Community

Criminal Justice Reform

Criminal Justice Reform

Retailers urge Congress to take bipartisan action on meaningful reforms that rebuilds trust in law enforcement.

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Keeping Communities Safe

Keeping Communities Safe

Since the outset of the pandemic, retailers have been determined to provide their customers with the goods and services they want and need safely.

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Retail Impact on Communities

Retail Impact on Communities

As the trade association for America’s retail leaders, we know that retailers are so much more than a store; retailers are part of the community.

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Connect with Issue Area Experts

Michael Hanson
Senior Executive Vice President, Public Affairs
Lisa LaBruno
Senior Executive Vice President, Retail Operations and Innovation
RILA
Jason Brewer
Senior Executive Vice President, Communications and Marketing
RILA
Austen Jensen
Senior Vice President, Government Affairs
RILA
Evan Armstrong
Vice President, Workforce
RILA
Melissa Murdock
Vice President, Communications and Media Relations
RILA
Caroline  Stec
Director, Communications & Advocacy
RILA

We must take a hard look at the policies of policing and address the shortcomings that have enabled these grievous incidents to occur. Until we can assure every American family that their sons and daughters will be treated equally and with dignity, we cannot hope to re-build the trust that must exist between law enforcement and our communities.


Austen Jensen, Senior Vice President, Government Affairs

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