California Section


The AATCC California section includes members in California.




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“AATCC California aims to be an inclusive community for textile industry professionals within California.

In order to engage with as many professionals and students across the disciplines of textiles, the vision for the AATCC California section is to be founded by 7 Pillars:

1) Color Perception
2) Laboratory Testing
3) Regulatory/Compliance
4) Chemical Applications
5) Sustainability
6) Technology/Wearable Electronics
7) Education/Student Engagement

All of the pillars have the same 4 objectives:

Education: To increase knowledge of materials and textiles.

Research: To encourage in any practical way, research work on textile design and coloration, chemical processes, and materials of importance to the textile industry.

Communication: To establish for the members channels by which the interchange of professional and technical knowledge among them may be increased.

Promotion: To promote the knowledge of textiles, materials, dyestuffs, and chemicals as related to the various trades in the California and provide meetings of interest in harmony with the objectives of the National Association.

Unanimously, with 27 votes each, the following members have been elected for 2016-2017:


Chair: Karen Muhlin, Lab Manager, The North Face (a division of VF Outdoor)
Vice-Chair: Eva Reale, Lead Colorist, Levi Strauss & Co.
Secretary: Sarah Simmons, Scotty Cameron
Treasurer: Stephanie Ritten, Levi Strauss

Our next election will be held at the end of 2017.

In addition, the following AATCC Senior Members have agreed to serve as Pillar Chair and Committee Chairs for 2016-2017:

Color Perception:
Eva Reale,

Laboratory Testing:

Regulatory & Compliance:
Ellen Uyenco,

Chemical Applications:
Bill Morris,

Krystle Moody,
Carol Shu,

Technology/Wearable Electronics:
Trish Hayes-Danitz,

Education/Student Engagement:
Lisa Cram,

Southern California Engagement Committee Chair:
Heather Shields,

Media Committee Chair:
Amy Nowicki,



May 9 2018

Q2 Technical Pillar Meeting- Color Perception: Color Dyeing & Printing – Nature’s Way
Hosted by Eva Reale
Where: Levi Strauss & Co. 1155 Battery Street, San Francisco, CA 94111
When: May 9, 2018
Time: 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

RSVP here
AATCC Members $10; Nonmembers $15; Students $3

Join us May as we hear from Lydia Wendt, founder of California Cloth Foundry, a provider of American-grown, high-quality cloth and clothes good for people and the planet alike.

Past Activities

November 1, 2017: AATCC-CA Sustainability Panel: Building Resilient Textile Systems

Jamie Bainbridge – VP Product Development – Bolt Threads
Carol Shu – Sustainability Coordinator – The North Face
Ryan Huston – Weaving Mill Owner – Huston Textile Company
Nov 1 Meeting Minutes Here

September 7, 2017  Q3 – Chemical Applications Pillar Technical Meeting

A Presentation and Discussion by Arlene Blum, Executive Director of The Green Science Policy Institute
Hosts: Bill Morris (AATCC California Chemical Applications Pillar Chair) & The North Face Sustainability Team

August 11, 2017 – Happy Hour

June 6, 2017  Q2 – Student Engagement Pillar Technical Meeting

A Presentation and Discussion with 3 guests followed by Q & A.
Host: Lisa Cram (AATCC California Industry Student Liaison & Color Perception Pillar Co-Chair)
June 2017 Meeting Minutes Here

May 19, 2017  Tour of Mango Materials

Mango Materials is a bio-plastics company with a mission to transform waste gas streams (from landfills and waste water treatment plants) into affordable, biodegradable materials while also creating a positive environmental impact.

January 23, 2017   Chemical Management in the Retail Industry

A Presentation and Discussion with Nathaniel Sponsler and Pankaj Sarda followed by Q & A.
Hosts: Ellen Uyenco (Regulatory & Compliance Pillar Chair) and Rajath Kumar (Intertek)
Levi Strauss & Co. 1155 Battery Street, San Francisco, CA 94111.
January 2017 Meeting Minutes here

 November 15, 2016   An Evening with Paul Dillinger
A presentation by Paul Dillinger, VP of Innovation at Levi Strauss followed by Q & A.
Host: Trish Hayes-Danitz
Levi Strauss & Co. 1155 Battery Street, San Francisco, CA 94111.

September 14, 2016   Advancements in Color Approvals
A presentation by Doug Bynum of Natific, followed by Q & A.
Hosts: Eva Reale & Lisa Cram
In addition to a wonderful evening presentation, an earlier activity is also being offered:
Eva Reale, Co-Pillar Chair for Color Perception, has graciously offered to take 20 individuals on a complimentary tour of the Color & Light exhibits at the Exploratorium in San Francisco at 3 pm.
Levi Strauss & Co. 1155 Battery Street, San Francisco, CA 94111.

Report for 2016 Q2 Section meeting under the Laboratory Testing Pillar (April 12, 2016)


January 2016 Meeting Minutes here 

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