Matt Priest is the President & CEO of the Footwear Distributors and Retailers of America (FDRA), the largest and most effective footwear association in the United States. In this role, Matt serves as the executive in charge of FDRA’s day-to-day operations ensuring the association meets and exceeds its goal to be the footwear industry’s business and trade association.
Before joining FDRA in February 2009, Matt served as Senior Advisor to Commerce Secretary Carlos Gutierrez and Deputy Assistant Secretary for Textiles and Apparel at the U.S. Department of Commerce. Prior to his appointment, Matt was Legislative Director for Representative Sue Myrick of North Carolina.
In addition to his role as President and CEO of FDRA, Matt is a member of the Board of Directors at the Fashion Footwear Association of New York (FFANY) and Soles4Souls. Matt earned his BA in political science from North Carolina State University. He lives with his wife and three daughters in Northern Virginia.