The United States Fashion Industry Association's Board of Directors includes sourcing and compliance executives from the leading American retailers, brands, and importers of textiles and apparel.
Maureen Gray, Chair
Vice President of International Trade, Ralph Lauren Corporation
Maureen Gray joined Ralph Lauren Corporation in July 1997 and is currently the Vice President of International Trade. Ms. Gray champions Ralph Lauren’s regulatory Customs, Federal Trade Commission, and Fish and Wildlife Service compliance for all Ralph Lauren divisions – working closely with the Finance, Legal, Production/QA, and Distribution departments to ensure seamless and compliant international transactions. These responsibilities have grown over the last several years to include Europe, Canada, Greater China, Southeast Asia, and South America.
Ms. Gray received her Customs Broker License in 1989. Prior to joining Ralph Lauren Corporation, Ms. Gray was the Director of Customs Laws and Regulations at Barthco Trade Consultants in Philadelphia, PA where she advised clients on their regulatory import obligations and performed in-house audits of clients Customs procedures and records.
Ms. Gray served as Customs Liaison for the Philadelphia port community from 1993-1995. In 1995, Ms. Gray was elected President of the Philadelphia Customs Brokers and Freight Forwarders Association and served in that capacity until joining the Ralph Lauren Corporation.
Ms. Gray has been affiliated with the United States Fashion Industry Association (formerly USA-ITA) since 1998. In addition, she serves on the Government Relations Committee for the American Apparel and Footwear Association (AAFA) and as a charter member of the European Branded Clothing Alliance (EBCA). She has served on the Board of Directors of the U.S. Cotton Board since she was appointed by the U.S. Secretary of Agriculture in 2002.
John Clark, Vice Chair
Vice President, Michar LLC
John Clark is the Vice President of Michar, LLC, which specializes in design, sales, sourcing, importation and distribution of all genders and ages of wearing apparel. Mr. Clark holds a B.A. in International Relations and International Business from University of Southern California and has been a member of the Cotton Board since 1998.
Mr. Clark and his wife Suzanne live in Los Angeles and have three grown daughters.
Michael Singer, Treasurer
Vice President, Customs & Social Compliance, Macy’s Merchandising Group
Michael Singer is the ECP Director of Customs and Social Compliance for Macy’s Merchandising Group. MMG is responsible for conceptualizing, designing, sourcing, importing and marketing private brand goods sold at Macy's, and in some cases, at Bloomingdales. MMG product is sold in over 800 Macy’s Inc. stores as well as e-commerce, and outside customers.
Mr. Singer joined Macy’s in 1983 and has extensive experience in Customs, Social Compliance, Environmental, and Logistics issues. During his tenure at MMG he has worked to keep Macy’s at the forefront of all Custom’s initiatives and has partnered with Logistics Providers and Suppliers to automate processes and reduce carbon footprint and expenditures thru the supply chain.
Mr. Singer has a B.A. in Economics from the State University of New York at Buffalo and is a licensed Customs Broker. He has served on the Board of Directors of the United States Fashion Industry Association (formerly USA-ITA) for over 10 years and is currently Vice Chair of the National Retail Federation’s ITAC committee. He also is a member of MMG’s Sustainability Committee.
A native New Yorker, Mr. Singer lives in Great Neck and has two sons. He is an avid New York sports fan and fitness enthusiast.
Sonja Chapman, Secretary
Director of International Traffic & Customs Compliance, Golden Touch Imports, Inc.
Sonja Chapman is a licensed customhouse broker with over 25 years’ experience managing international transportation logistics and customs compliance for apparel companies. She is currently Director of International Traffic and Customs Compliance for Golden Touch Imports, Inc. The firm provides administrative services to a group of apparel companies that special in women’s and junior apparel. Prior to working with Golden Touch Ms. Chapman served as Director of Logistics and Customs Compliance for Baby Togs, Inc., a large U.S. children’s apparel manufacturer, for 14 years. Ms. Chapman also teaches in the department of International Trade and Marketing at the Fashion Institute of Technology. She teaches courses in International Logistics and Import / Export Regulations. In addition, she is a regular coordinator of programs for FIT’s Executive Education Program and their International Exchange Programs.
The U.S. Secretary of the Department of Agriculture appointed Ms. Chapman in 2004, to serve as a member of the Board of Directors of the Cotton Board. She is currently chair of the Strategic Assessment Committee.
Ms. Chapman received her B.A. in International Politics from the CUNY Baccalaureate Program.
Ms. Chapman has been married for 28 years and has two children.
Senior Vice President of Product Development & Supply Chain
Director of Customs Compliance
Director of Trade & Customs
Quiksilver Americas, Inc.
Director of International Traffic & Customs Compliance
Golden Touch Imports, Inc.
Senior Director of Strategic Sourcing
Vice President of International Trade
Ralph Lauren Corporation
Vice President of Sourcing
Vice President of Sourcing & Production, Knits & Raw Materials
Kohl's Department Stores
Director, Compliance & Vendor Operations
The Kasper Group/Nine West Holdings
Director, Trade Compliance & Imports
Ascena Retail Group
Senior Director of Sourcing
President & CEO
Director of Customs & Social Compliance
Macy's Merchandising Group
Senior Director, Global Policy & Advocacy
Levi Strauss & Co.
Vice President, External Engagement & Social Responsibility
American Eagle Outfitters
2009-2010: Janet Fox, J.C. Penney Purchasing Corp.
2006-2008: Robert Zane, Liz Claiborne, Inc.
2002-2005: Peter McGrath, J.C. Penney Purchasing Corp.
1997-2001: Frank Kelly, Liz Claiborne, Inc.
1992-1996: Julia K. Hughes, Associated Merchandising Corporation
1989-1991: Sam Nysenbaum, Gitano