Jay Timmons is president and CEO of the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) and chairman of the board of the NAM’s Manufacturing Institute. The NAM is the largest manufacturing association in the United States representing small and large manufacturers in every industrial sector.
Jay is a leading advocate for the more than 12 million men and women who make things in America, educating the public and policymakers on issues that affect this critical sector of the U.S. economy. He promotes a broad-based agenda to strengthen U.S. competitiveness, improve the lives and livelihoods of American manufacturing workers and build the modern manufacturing workforce. With manufacturers facing an urgent need for talented and skilled workers, he is also a champion for connecting more Americans with rewarding careers in modern manufacturing.
Jay is driven by the values instilled in him by his roots in the manufacturing town of Chillicothe, Ohio, where his grandfather worked at a Mead plant for nearly four decades and where he witnessed manufacturing’s ability to raise the quality of life for families and communities. Jay’s knowledge and expertise is sought and respected by influential policymakers on both sides of the aisle in Congress and throughout the administration. Jay and the NAM team have proven effective time and again at navigating the complexities of policymaking in the nation’s capital to deliver real results for the NAM’s 14,000 members.
Jay is recognized as a best-in-class leader of the association community. He received the Business Citizen Award from the Friends of Adam Smith Foundation in 2014 and was named Association Executive of the Year by Association TRENDS in 2016.
Prior to his appointment as NAM president and CEO in January 2011, Jay served as executive vice president beginning in 2008. In 2005, he joined the NAM as senior vice president of policy and government relations. His previous experience includes serving as chief of staff to Congressman, Governor and Senator George Allen (R-VA) from 1991 to 2002 and a term as executive director of the National Republican Senatorial Committee during the 2004 election cycle. When he first came to Washington in the 1980s, he served as press secretary to Congressman Jim Martin (R-NC) and later Congressman Alex McMillan (R-NC).
A passionate advocate for the adoption of companion animals, Jay served for seven years as the chairman of the Washington Humane Society (WHS) Board of Directors and led the successful effort to merge WHS and the Washington Animal Rescue League to create the Humane Rescue Alliance. He is also a member of the board of the U.S. Chamber Institute for Legal Reform. Jay attended The Ohio State University and resides in McLean, Virginia, with his husband, Rick, and their three children.