Michael Layman

Senior Vice President, Government Relations & Public Affairs, International Franchise Association

Michael Layman is Vice President, Federal Government Relations for the International Franchise Association. He develops public policy initiatives and builds coalitions in support of franchising, and monitors federal agencies and Congress to identify threats to, and opportunities for, the franchise industry. Layman has delivered speeches around the country on public policy issues, and has been interviewed by numerous national publications.

Layman also serves as the Executive Director for the Coalition to Save Local Businesses (CSLB). Layman will serve as the day-to-day liaison between CSLB members and Congress, who are concerned about the impact of an expanded joint employment standard on local businesses.

Prior to joining the IFA in January 2015, Layman was a senior manager with Littler Mendelson’s Workplace Policy Institute. Layman promoted Littler clients’ interests and shareholders’ policy work in Washington. From 2007 to 2013, he worked at the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) as Manager of Employment and Labor Policy, where he led multiple national coalitions on employment and labor policy.

From 2001 to 2007, Layman served on Capitol Hill, where he was Legislative Director for U.S. Representative Tim Murphy of Pennsylvania and Professional Staff Member on the House Government Reform Committee staff under committee chair, U.S. Representative Tom Davis of Virginia.

Layman earned a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Illinois and a Master of Business Administration from Georgetown University. He lives in Northern Virginia with his wife, Christine, and three daughters. You can contact Michael by phone at (202) 662-4177 or by email at mlayman@franchise.org.