Washington, D.C. – The National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) is continuing the growth of its footprint in the nation’s capital with three new hires to its policy and government relations division as well as a new addition to its member and board relations division. Over the past year, the NAM has added dozens of new staff as part of an aggressive expansion of the association’s advocacy and reach in Washington and across the country.
The 116th Congress will present manufacturers new opportunities to achieve progress on a range of critical issues, including infrastructure, immigration, export expansion and workforce development. In addition, we will continue to work with agency leaders to make continued improvements to our tax and regulatory systems. With these new additions to our best-in-class policy and government relations team and member and board relations team, we are well-prepared to seize these opportunities to advance a post-partisan agenda and ensure our members have the tools needed to keep hiring new workers, investing in equipment and facilities and raising wages and benefits, said NAM President and CEO Jay Timmons.
New hires include the following:
- Sam Beaver joins the NAM as Director of Government Relations. Sam comes to the NAM with experience in many areas of policy, including agriculture, health care, financial services, tax, education, foreign affairs, homeland security and more. Prior to joining the NAM, he was the policy adviser to Senate Majority Whip John Cornyn where he led whips on legislation headed to the Senate floor in areas of tax, trade and banking policy. Prior to that, he was the professional staff member for the Senate Committee on Finance where he negotiated and worked with senators and staff to draft and pass bipartisan bills.
- David Eiselsberg joins the NAM as Senior Director for Tax Policy. David comes to the NAM with 18 years of government relations experience and thorough knowledge of the public policy process. Prior to joining the NAM, he was the chief of staff for Rep. Sam Johnson, a senior member of the House Ways and Means Committee. Over the years, David served Rep. Johnson as deputy chief of staff, legislative director and tax policy adviser. Prior to his service in the House of Representatives, David was a legislative assistant to Sen. Norm Coleman where he focused on tax, banking and small business issues. David also spent nearly six years managing research operations for a government relations firm.
- Graham Owens joins the NAM as Director of Legal and Regulatory Policy. Prior to joining the NAM, Graham was a legal fellow at TechFreedom where he was selected as a member of the Federal Communications Commission’s Broadband Deployment Advisory Committee to work alongside legal, industry and academic leaders to provide policy and legal advice to the FCC. He also served as a law clerk at the Federal Trade Commission’s Bureau of Consumer Protection and served as professional staff for several years on the Oversight and Judiciary committees in the House of Representatives.
- Kristie Arslan joins the NAM as Director of Member and Board Relations. Prior to joining the NAM, Kristie was a principal at Arslan Consulting Services. She also served as executive director for Women Impacting Public Policy and prior to that was president and CEO of the National Association for the Self-Employed (NASE). She will be based in Philadelphia, and her region will include New York, New Jersey, Delaware and Eastern Pennsylvania.
The National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) 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 more than 12 million men and women, contributes $2.25 trillion to the U.S. economy annually, has the largest economic impact of any major sector and accounts for more than three-quarters 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 Manufacturers or to follow us on Shopfloor, Twitter and Facebook, please visit www.nam.org.