Jacqueline McEntire Clark
Director of Government Relations & Public Affairs
Ash Grove Cement Company

“Manufacturing has been my way of life, my career. Representing two category leading manufacturers before Congress, states and local governments for nearly 30 years has been a pleasure. Elected and appointed officials value learning about our products, and the people who make our products, so they can make solid policy decisions.”

Jacqueline leads the federal, state and local government relations team at Ash Grove Cement Company, the largest U.S.-owned cement manufacturer. As the first woman in charge of both its government relations and communications strategy, she has been a driving force behind several critical initiatives.

Her government relations and communications programs have prevented manufacturing plants from closing, preserved hundreds of jobs and ensured millions of dollars in sales revenue. Moreover, her ability to lead Ash Grove to successfully address a wide range of governmental issues across the U.S., in the male-dominated cement manufacturing industry, is a testament to her unmatched expertise and drive. From successfully amending the American Recovery & Reinvestment Act of 2009, to enacting a Kansas property tax legislation that resulted in a total savings of $30 million in five years, and $50 million over ten years—Jacqueline’s leadership in governmental initiatives has been critical throughout her 10 years with the company.

In addition to earning the Portland Cement Association’s highest honor in 2014, the John P. Gleason, Jr. Leadership Award, she has a long history of mentorship dating back to her 17-year career at Hallmark Cards, Inc., where she annually hosted CORO Public Affairs interns to educate them about effective advocacy on behalf of manufacturers.  She has served on three state chambers’ boards of directors and a manufacturing council to ensure manufacturers are at the table to shape advocacy positions—and is a board member of the Public Affairs Council.

Jacqueline is a driven community leader having served as a board member at Missouri’s Hope House and on Lee’s Summit R-7 School Board of Education where she’s actively engaged in developing opportunities for STEM students at the district’s Missouri Innovation Campus. As a founding member of the University of Missouri’s alumni association Griffiths Women’s Leadership Society, she also mentors female students at Mizzou to help them identify career paths in business and manufacturing.

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