Julia K. Hughes is the President of International Development Systems, Inc. IDS is a Washington D.C.-based consulting firm that specializes in textile and apparel trade policy issues. IDS provides strategic analysis and technical statistical data for companies and international organizations that import, export and manufacture textile and apparel products.
Ms. Hughes is a recognized expert on textile and apparel trade policy issues. She has testified before Congress and the Executive Branch on textile trade issues. She also is a frequent speaker at international conferences, including MAGIC, the Apparel Sourcing Show, the WWD Sourcing Summit, Foreign Service Institute, Foreign Trade Association, National Association of Manufacturers, Cotton Sourcing Summit, USIA’s WorldNet, the International Textiles and Clothing Bureau, Society for International Development and others. Media appearances include interviews on CNN, CNBC, CBS News, Voice of America as well as quotes in the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Washington Post, Women’s Wear Daily and other publications.
In addition, Ms. Hughes serves as Senior Vice President for the United States Association of Textiles and Apparel (USA-ITA). In that role, Ms. Hughes is a leader in developing new strategies for the future of sourcing textiles and apparel. Prior to taking over IDS, Ms. Hughes was Divisional Vice President of Government Relations for the Associated Merchandising Corporation (AMC). AMC is the largest retail merchandising, marketing and consulting organization in the world.
Ms. Hughes also served as the first President of the Organization of Women in International Trade (OWIT) and is one of the founders of the Washington Chapter of Women in International Trade (WIIT). In 1992, she received the Outstanding Woman in International Trade award. In 2008, she received the WIIT Lifetime Achievement Award.
Ms. Hughes has an M.A. in International Studies from the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies and a B.S. in Foreign Service from Georgetown University.