AJ Jorgenson is vice president of strategic engagement and inclusion at The Manufacturing Institute, the workforce development and education partner of the National Association of Manufacturers. Ms. Jorgenson develops and executes all strategic operations for the Institute’s Diversity and Inclusion pillar, and leads the Institute’s longest running program, the Women MAKE America Initiative. She is helping to foster and promote an inclusive culture in manufacturing, supporting companies with their D&I efforts and amplifying best practices to multiply the impact and leading industry engagements to increase the number of women and underrepresented populations in manufacturing.
Previously, as Communications Director for the Institute, Ms. Jorgenson oversaw national Manufacturing Day reaching 350,000 students, parents, and teachers and helped lead the Institute’s partnership with the U.S. military to assist veterans and transitioning military personnel prepare for and find jobs in manufacturing. Prior to joining the Institute, Ms. Jorgenson worked at the NAM as the Manager of Board and Strategic Initiatives, where she was responsible for developing engagement strategies for the Board of Directors.
Prior to joining the NAM, Ms. Jorgenson served as the Executive Coordinator of Research and Development for Mars, Incorporated.
Ms. Jorgenson is certified trainer of Emotional Intelligence and has earned a professional certification Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in the Workplace from the University of South Florida.
Ms. Jorgenson currently lives in Lovettsville, Virginia with her and her husband, four children, a dog and cat.