Veteran Trade Policy Expert Joins the NAM

Linda Dempsey Will Lead Manufacturers’ Efforts for Pro-Growth Trade Policies

Washington, D.C., September 13, 2012 – Today the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) announced that Linda Menghetti Dempsey has joined the organization as vice president for international economic affairs. Ms. Dempsey will lead the NAM’s efforts to improve the global competitiveness of manufacturers in the United States by advocating for intellectual property protection, increased export financing and the elimination of trade barriers, as well as pushing for agreements and treaties to open up new export markets to create jobs.

“With two decades of trade policy experience, Ms. Dempsey’s role at the NAM will put her on the front lines of Washington’s business community advocating for policies that will strengthen our competitiveness in the global economy,” said NAM President and CEO Jay Timmons. “With 95 percent of the world’s consumers living outside the United States, we must look for every opportunity to reach new markets and ease trade barriers. Ms. Dempsey’s proven track record of success on behalf of businesses is a welcome addition to the NAM as we continue to strengthen our advocacy efforts on policies that will increase exports and improve competitiveness.”

Ms. Dempsey comes to the NAM from the Emergency Committee for American Trade (ECAT) where she served as vice president and represented Fortune 500 companies on trade, investment and international tax policy. While at ECAT, she worked successfully to ensure strong outcomes and new market openings for U.S. businesses in numerous trade and investment agreements, including with South Korea, Central America, Singapore and Colombia. Prior to this, she worked as trade counsel for the Senate Committee on Finance and was an advisor to former Sen. Bill Bradley (D-NJ) on international trade, foreign policy and immigration. Ms. Dempsey began her career as an attorney specializing in international trade law.

Ms. Dempsey received her B.A. in Political Science from Pennsylvania State University and a J.D. from the Boalt Hall School of Law at the University of California, Berkeley. 

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