Kim Glas, one of the top trade policy advisors to the Obama Administration on textiles, apparel, and footwear, has announced her decision to step down.

Glas, Deputy Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Textiles, Consumer Goods and Materials and chair of the Committee for the Implementation of Textile Agreements (CITA), will step down on 6 June. A successor has not yet been named.

Glas has overseen programmes and strategies to improve the domestic and international competitiveness of US textiles, apparel, consumer goods, metals and mining forest products, and chemicals and plastics manufacturing sectors and industries. In her role as chairman of CITA, she supervised the negotiation and implementation of textile and apparel agreements.

"It is a big loss for the industry," said US Fashion Industry Association president Julia Hughes. "On both the fashion industry [and importing] side and the domestic side, everyone enjoyed working with Kim and really appreciated her open-door policy and her willingness to listen to issues raised by the industry."

Prior to joining the Department of Commerce, Glas served more than ten years as a professional staff member in the US House of Representatives.