NRF Supply-Chain Expert Appointed to Government Advisory Committee

Jonathan Gold of the National Retail Federation has been appointed to a U.S. Department of Commerce committee to advise on supply-chain issues that affect the international competitiveness of the nation’s businesses.

Gold, who is the NRF’s vice president for supply chain and customs policy, will be one of 45 senior-level, private-sector experts on the department’s Advisory Committee on Supply Chain Competitiveness, established in 2011.

“This committee plays an important role in not only identifying ongoing challenges but also developing solutions to ensure the competitiveness of American companies,” Gold said. “As the nation’s largest private-sector employer, it is critical that the retail industry’s supply chain works as efficiently as possible in order to provide consumers with a wide range of product choices on a daily basis.”

In his job at the NRF, Gold represents the retail industry before Congress and the administration on supply chain, international trade and customs-related issues that affect the retail industry.

Gold has helped the NRF push for the passage of Trade Promotion Authority that speeds congressional approval of trade pacts and the approval of the Trans-Pacific Partnership—a free-trade pact between the United States and 11 other countries. He also helped convince the White House to intervene in last year’s West Coast ports slowdown.

Prior to joining the NRF in Washington, D.C., Gold was a policy analyst with U.S. Customs and Border Protection. The NRF is a retail trade association that represents discount and department stores, home goods, specialty stores, grocers, chain restaurants and Internet retailers.