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NAM Strengthens Policy Expertise with New Leadership

Washington, D.C. – The National Association of Manufacturers announced the promotion of Charles Crain as its new vice president of domestic policy. Crain previously served as the NAM’s senior director of tax and domestic economic policy, where he led successful policy efforts on a range of tax and corporate governance issues.

In this new role, Crain leads the association’s focus on a range of priorities, including advancing competitive tax and corporate finance policies, pushing back against the regulatory onslaught facing the industry and advocating policies that strengthen manufacturers’ ability to develop lifesaving treatments. He will also bring together the expertise of the NAM’s Manufacturing Leadership Council and Innovation Research Interchange to drive the debate around the role of AI and technology in the future of manufacturing.

In addition to Crain, the lead policy experts for the association include Vice President of Domestic Policy Brandon Farris, who leads the energy, sustainability, labor and infrastructure policy portfolio; Vice President of International Policy Ken Monahan; and Chief Economist Chad Moutray. In July, Managing Vice President of Policy Chris Netram took the helm of the policy division.

“The NAM’s best-in-class policy team is made stronger with the elevation of Charles Crain. Charles has a track record of success that has benefitted manufacturers, and they will benefit even more from his leadership in this new role. As technology continues to play an increasingly critical role in manufacturing, Charles will be a leading voice in ensuring policymakers foster an environment where our industry can stay globally competitive,” said NAM President and CEO Jay Timmons. “Moreover, the integration of policy, government relations, communications, public affairs and brand strategy within the NAM ensures that manufacturers will be a driving force inside and outside the Beltway on every issue important to the industry.”

“Charles’ new role ensures that manufacturers will have an experienced advocate who can move the needle in debates on tax, health care, corporate finance, regulatory reform and technology policy. These critical issues are key to manufacturing competitiveness,” said Netram.


The National Association of Manufacturers is the largest manufacturing association in the United States, representing small and large manufacturers in every industrial sector and in all 50 states. Manufacturing employs nearly 13 million men and women, contributes $2.91 trillion to the U.S. economy annually and accounts for 55% of private-sector research and development. The NAM is the powerful voice of the manufacturing community and the leading advocate for a policy agenda that helps manufacturers compete in the global economy and create jobs across the United States. For more information about the NAM or to follow us on Twitter and Facebook, please visit

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