JAPAC helps Jewelers of America and its legislative team in Washington keep jewelers’ interests front-and-center in the nation’s capital, giving jewelers a collective voice through contributions to political campaigns. The need for the jewelry industry to make its case continues to grow as legislators are being approached by countless industry groups looking for attention on key issues like sales tax fairness.
“Jenny recognizes how important it is for jewelers to speak up for their businesses on Capitol Hill. We are thrilled to have her take on this new leadership role within JAPAC,” says JA President & CEO David J. Bonaparte.
Caro takes over for Scot Congress, co-owner of Congress Jewelers, Sanibel, FL, who served as JAPAC Chairman for the last three years, presiding over significant growth of the PAC.
“JAPAC fundraising and participation ensures lawmakers are aware of the industry’s needs, and I expect Jenny’s energy and enthusiasm to help bring it to the next level,” says Bill Farmer Jr., Chairman of JA’s board of directors and a former JAPAC Chairman.
Jenny Caro is owner, along with her husband, John, of Jewelry By Design in Woodbridge, VA. The couple opened Jewelry By Design in 1989 to specialize in custom creations of their own making and have expanded the store several times in the last few years. Caro traces her love affair with jewelry to a high school jewelry making course. She went on to earn a bachelor’s degree in Fine Arts/Jewelry and to teach jewelry making at the high school level prior to starting her own jewelry business.
Caro has served on the JA board of directors since 2013. She is active in local and Virginia politics and participated in her first fly-in to Washington, D.C., with the Jewelers of America Political Action Committee this past June. She credits the trip for helping to raise her awareness and interest in JAPAC and the need for jewelers to advocate for their businesses on the federal level.
“I’m excited and honored to be taking over as chair of the Jewelers of America Political Action Committee,” Caro says. “Attending the JAPAC visit to Washington, D.C., last year was a real eye opener from me, underlining how critical it is for jewelers to stay active, engaged and in front of lawmakers. By raising awareness of JAPAC, I hope to empower other Jewelers of America members to fight for their businesses on Capitol Hill.”