-  Boca Raton, FL, 3/16/12—The Manufacturing Institute (the Institute), the non-profit affiliate of the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM), yesterday announced that it has named Jennifer McNelly president, effective April 2012.  McNelly has served as Senior Vice President at the Institute and will succeed Emily DeRocco in this position.

McNelly has extensive experience in workforce development, employer engagement, and business.  She is a proven leader at the Institute as the chief architect of one of the organization’s flagship initiatives, the NAM-Endorsed Manufacturing Skills Certification System, which is building the next generation of skilled manufacturing talent. 

“Jennifer is an exceptional leader whose experience and passion for manufacturing will bring great value to our members and U.S. manufacturers,” said Jay Timmons, president and CEO, NAM.  “One of our core goals for a manufacturing renaissance is to make sure manufacturers in the United States have the workforce that the 21st century economy requires.  Jennifer’s leadership at the Institute will undoubtedly help us reach this goal.”

“Manufacturing is the lifeblood of American towns and communities,” said McNelly.  “As I have travelled across the country meeting with employers, teachers, and students, I have seen the face of manufacturing and witnessed first-hand that it is the workforce that drives innovation and business competitiveness. I am humbled and honored to lead efforts to develop the talent we need to keep American manufacturing the best in the world.”

As President of the Institute, McNelly will drive an agenda focused on improving and expanding manufacturing in the United States through education, innovation and research. 

Prior to joining the Institute, McNelly was a member of the Senior Executive Service (SES) for the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration (ETA). McNelly also served as the Director of the Business Relations Group for ETA. In this capacity, she managed the President’s High Growth Job Training Initiative and the Community Based Job Training Grants. McNelly brings strong private-sector experience to the leadership of the Institute, having served as Senior Vice President of Strategic Partnerships, LLC, an international consulting firm specializing in assisting Fortune 500 corporations to build strategic partnerships with government agencies in support of workforce development.

McNelly serves as a member of the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) Personnel Certification Accreditation Committee, the Precision Metalforming Association (PMA) Education Foundation, and the Jobs for DC Graduates Board of Directors. 

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