Shonzia Thompson

Executive Director, Council of Manufacturing Associations

Shonzia Thompson is the Executive Director of the Council of Manufacturing Associations (CMA) at the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM). With over 15 years of association management experience, she oversees the leadership, direction and management of over 250 trade association members. She represents the NAM to industry and association leaders and is responsible for engaging Council of Manufacturing Associations members to broaden and advance the NAM’s advocacy efforts.

Prior to this role, Ms. Thompson led the NAMs Conference and Operations team, providing strategic direction and oversight of the NAM’s portfolio of events at its headquarters and across the country. She also managed the operations of their headquarters facilities and internal services, including conference center operations. Prior to joining the NAM, she worked for the Professional Development Division at the American Bankers Association.

Ms. Thompson has served in numerous volunteer positions with the American Society of Association Executives (ASAE), Professional Convention Management Association (PCMA) and the board of directors for Meeting Professionals International, Potomac (PMPI).

Ms. Thompson received her Bachelor of Science degree in accounting from the University of Maryland-University College. She is a Certified Association Executive (CAE) and a Certified Meeting Professional (CMP). She resides in Maryland and enjoys sci-fi movies and cruising with her husband and two daughters.