Ned Monroe is senior vice president of external relations for the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM). Mr. Monroe is responsible for public affairs activities, including grassroots engagement, issue advocacy and election programs. His team also is responsible for allied organizations, affiliated state associations and meetings management. The NAM is the nation's largest industrial trade association, representing nearly 12,000 manufacturers in every industrial sector and in all 50 states. Our mission is to be the voice of all manufacturing in the United States and inform policymakers about manufacturing's vital role in the U.S. economy.
Prior to this position, Mr. Monroe was senior vice president of government affairs for the National Automatic Merchandising Association, the national trade association for vending, coffee service and foodservice management industries. In this capacity, he directed all aspects of the association's government affairs programs and management functions for 32 state vending associations.
Mr. Monroe also served as vice president of political affairs for the National Restaurant Association, where he was responsible for all parts of the association's federal political action committee (PAC), grassroots activities and Public Affairs Conference. Founded in 1919, the National Restaurant Association is the leading business association for the restaurant industry.
Prior to that, Mr. Monroe served as the national director of political affairs for Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC), a national trade association of commercial and industrial construction companies. He managed political activities and grassroots lobbying and served as the treasurer for the ABC Political Action Committee.
Mr. Monroe served as the 2006 president of the National Association of Business Political Action Committees (NABPAC), which is a membership association dedicated to promoting and defending PACs and political action professionals. For more than 30 years, NABPAC has helped American business navigate through campaign finance laws and develop innovative ways to enhance political effectiveness.
He served on the board of the American Society of Association Executives (ASAE) Political Action Committee and the ASAE Public Policy Committee.
Ned, his wife Theresa and their two sons live in Alexandria, Va. He is a graduate of The College of William & Mary.
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