Jennifer McNelly

Executive Director, The Manufacturing Institute

Jennifer McNelly serves as the Executive Director of The Manufacturing Institute the non-profit affiliate of the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM). The Manufacturing Institute is the authority on the attraction, qualification, and development of world-class manufacturing talent. As Executive Director of the Institute, Jennifer is driving an agenda to research and support manufacturing excellence, innovation and talent, and deliver solutions to make manufacturers in America globally competitive.

The Institute’s strategies and actions are all done to achieve the following goals: Change the perception of careers in manufacturing to reflect its true status as the most advanced, high-tech industry in the country; Re-establish the U.S. as the global leader of manufacturing education; and Advocate for education and job training policies that strengthen the U.S. manufacturing workforce.

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 the Chair of the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council on Advanced Manufacturing; the Precision Metalforming Association (PMA) Education Foundation; and the SME Education Foundation Board. 

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

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