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Manufacturing Industry Recovery Panel

National Skills Coalition (NSC) and Business Leaders United for Workforce Partnerships (BLU) has convened a Manufacturing Industry Recovery Panel of industry leaders and experts to share recommendations on the Biden Administration’s Made in All of America initiative and related policies through meetings with the Department of Commerce and Congressional leadership.

Consistent with our Inclusive Economic Recovery framework, we want to ensure these initiatives help address: the disproportionate impact of the economic crisis on workers of color, immigrants, and workers with a high school diploma or less; the essential role of businesses who hire locally and invest in their people but need policymakers to be their partner; and the moral and economic imperative to dismantle structural racism within workforce education and training. Skills training alone will not ensure an inclusive recovery, but it must be part of our nation’s federal policy response.

Manufacturing Panel Participants

Bishara Addison, Senior Manager of Policy & Strategic Initiatives, Towards Employment 

Rhandi Berth, Vice President, WRTP 

Yolanda Edwards, Talent Development Consultant, Caterpillar

Campbell Foster, Director of Education Experiences, Autodesk

Mike Gritton, Executive Director, KentuckianaWorks 

Kate Guess, Vice President of Human Resources, Vermeer 

Scott Jensen, Former Director, Rhode Island Department of Labor 

Donny Jones, Executive Director, West Alabama Works 

Keith Lawing, President & CEO, Workforce Alliance of South Central Kansas 

Deb Lindner, HR Manager, Precor 

Craig McAtee, Executive Director, National Coalition of Advanced Technology Centers  

Alejandro Mendoza, Director of Human Resources, Optimax Systems Inc.

Girard Melancon, Vice Chancellor of Workforce Development, Baton Rouge Community College

Mark Mitsui, President, Portland Community College

Omar Nashashibi, Representative, National Tooling and Machining Association and Precision Metalforming Association

Scott Paul, President, Alliance for American Manufacturing  

Bill Rayl, President, Jackson Area Manufacturers Association  

Erica Swinney Staley, Executive Director, Manufacturing Renaissance

Andy Stettner, Senior Fellow, Century Foundation

Alexander Stolyarov, CEO, Advanced Functional Fabrics of America 

Mike Tamasi, President and CEO, AccuRounds 

Traci Tapani, Co-President, Wyoming Machine 

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Skills for an Inclusive Economic Recovery

A call to action that will drive our organization’s work over the next two years, Skills for an Inclusive Economic Recovery is a set of generation-defining investments in inclusive skills policy that contribute to addressing the disproportionate impact of the economic crisis on communities who have long suffered inequities.

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Release: NSC and BLU convening workforce advisory panels

A group of nearly 60 national business leaders, labor leaders, community college leaders, industry training providers, and others will serve on four industry recovery panels that will advise the Biden administration and Congress on federal recovery policies in the coming months.

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