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California Retailers Association Announces Ryan Allain as Manager of State and Local Government Affairs

Sacramento, CA – March 3, 2020 – The California Retailers Association (CRA) announced today that Ryan Allain will take on the newly created role of Manager of State and Local Government Affairs. Ryan joins CRA’s Steve McCarthy, Vice President of Public Policy and Regulatory Affairs, as a registered lobbyist for the association. In his new role, Ryan will support CRA’s advocacy efforts at the state and local level.

“Ryan hit the ground running for CRA,” said Rachel Michelin, President and CEO. “He quickly developed an astute knowledge and interest in the legislative process and keeping our member companies up to date on the latest legislative and regulatory developments affecting the retail industry. In this newly created role, Ryan will also work to expand CRA’s influence at the local level across the state.

Allain joined the CRA team in 2019 as an Administrative Assistant. Prior to CRA, Ryan worked for the Sacramento State University’s Center for College & Career Readiness and the California State Assembly Chief Clerk’s Office.

“I am excited to continue building on the important work CRA is doing to support California’s retail industry, a vital economic engine and source of employment.”

CRA continues to strengthen its advocacy team at the state and local levels in an effort to protect consumers, jobs and the economy in the fifth largest economy in the world with retail making up a quarter of the state’s employment.

About the California Retailers Association

The California Retailers Association is the only statewide trade association representing all segments of the retail industry including general merchandise, department stores, mass merchandisers, restaurants, convenience stores, supermarkets and grocery stores, chain drug, and specialty retail such as auto, vision, jewelry, hardware and home stores. CRA works on behalf of California’s retail industry, which currently operates over 418,840 retail establishments with a gross domestic product of $330 billion annually and employs 3,211,805 people—one fourth of California’s total employment. At the end of fiscal year 2014 the state of California collected $48.5 billion in revenue from retail sales and use taxes, representing more than 25% of the state revenue. For more information, go to


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