The National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) is growing its stable of experts to advance the manufacturing agenda. Chrysovalantis P. Kefalas, Esq., has joined as vice president of executive communications, Tonya Muse, CAE, will serve as senior director of the Council of Manufacturing Associations (CMA), and Laura Ringdahl will serve as director of government relations.
“These new team members come to the NAM with an impressive track record of success in public policy and the increasingly complex world of advocacy,” said NAM President and CEO Jay Timmons. “Chrysovalantis’ valuable experience in communications and message development will be a tremendous asset to manufacturers in the United States. Tonya brings a wealth of experience in association management and is a key addition as we build the manufacturing army. As manufacturing has become a centerpiece of policy discussions in Washington, Laura will deliver the important combination of policy and political knowledge to move the needle on Capitol Hill.”
Kefalas previously served as deputy speechwriter for Attorney General Eric Holder as well as a trial and appellate attorney within the U.S. Department of Justice. Previously, he held the position of deputy legal counsel to Maryland Governor Robert Ehrlich—the youngest attorney ever appointed to that position. In 2007, he was recognized by SmartCEO magazine as one of Maryland’s “legal elite.” He holds a B.A. from Loyola University and a J.D. from the University of Baltimore School of Law. In this position, Kefalas will help work closely with the organization’s senior leadership to seize new communications opportunities and will lead message development for the organization.
“With manufacturing at the center of nearly every important business policy discussion going on in Washington, I’m excited to join the already outstanding team at the NAM,” said Kefalas. “Manufacturing is the foundation upon which our economic prosperity, our growth and jobs depend. It’s brought immeasurable benefits to the people of this country, and I’m proud to have the opportunity to contribute to that tradition and build on that legacy.”
Muse has more than 23 years of association management experience. She spent 17 years with the Envelope Manufacturers Association where she served as senior vice president. She most recently served as director of membership for the Girl Scout Council of the Nation’s Capital. Muse has a B.S. in journalism from the University of Maryland. She will be chiefly responsible for engaging with the nearly 240 CMA members to provide resources and networks to broaden the reach of the NAM’s advocacy efforts.
“I’m excited to work for the NAM,” said Muse. “I believe in its mission and the vision of the organization. The CMA is a valuable resource to manufacturing associations. Its membership and member engagement have grown over the years, and I’m looking forward to ensuring it continues to be a vital voice in the manufacturing community.”
Ringdahl joins the NAM directly from Capitol Hill where she has served as a policy advisor to several members of Congress, most recently for Rep. Tom Reed (R-NY), co-chair of the House Manufacturing Caucus. She received a B.A. in political science from Colgate University.
“I’m thrilled to be joining the team here at the NAM advocating on behalf of the nearly 12 million manufacturing workers that we represent,” said Ringdahl. “NAM member companies represent the diverse array of what drives the American economy, and being able to advocate on their behalf is more than a job—it’s a mission.”