Jennifer McNelly was named President of The Manufacturing Institute the non-profit affiliate of the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM), effective April 1, 2012. As President of the Institute, Jennifer will drive an agenda focused on improving and expanding manufacturing in the United States through education, innovation, and research.
Jennifer 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. A set of nationally portable, industry-recognized manufacturing skills certifications, the System is building the next generation of skilled manufacturing employees by influencing secondary and post-secondary education reform efforts in over 35 states which is building the next generation of skilled manufacturing talent.
Prior to joining the Institute, Jennifer, a member of the Senior Executive Service (SES), was Administrator for the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office (DOL) Office of Regional Innovation and Transformation. She also served as the Director of the Business Relations Group for the DOL Employment and Training Administration. In this capacity, she managed the President's High-Growth Job Training Initiative and the Community-Based Job Training Grants. Her strong private-sector experience includes serving as the Senior Vice President of Strategic Partnerships, LLC, an international consulting firm specializing in assisting Fortune 500 corporations build strategic partnerships with government agencies in support of workforce development.
Jennifer is Chair of the World Economic Forum's Global Agenda Council on the Future of Manufacturing, and a member of the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) Personnel Certification Accreditation Committee, the Precision Metalforming Association (PMA) Education Foundation, and the SME Education Foundation Board.