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Jennifer McNelly serves as the Executive Director of The Manufacturing Institute the non-profit affiliate of the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM). As Executive Director of the Institute, Jennifer is driving an agenda to close the manufacturing skills gap and make manufacturers in America globally competitive.

The Institute strives to: change the perception of careers in manufacturing to reflect its true status as the most advanced, high-tech industry in the country and re-establish the U.S. as the global leader of manufacturing education.  Through initiatives targeted at youth, early-career employees, women and veterans, the Institute aims to help manufacturers promote manufacturing career pathways and close the skills gap.

Jennifer has extensive experience in workforce development, employer engagement, and business. Prior to joining the Institute, Jennifer was a member of the Senior Executive Service (SES) for the U.S. Department of Labor. Her strong private-sector experience includes serving as the Senior Vice President of Strategic Partnerships, LLC. 

Jennifer currently serves as member of the Precision Metalforming Association (PMA) Education Foundation Board of Directors and is the immediate past chair of the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council on Advanced Manufacturing.

In 2012, Jennifer was named one of the inaugural 100 Women Leaders in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math).

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