AF&PA's President Begins One-year Term as Chair of NAM's Council of Manufacturing Associations

Donna Harman

Jan. 24, 2013 - The National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) announced today that American Forest & Paper Association (AF&PA) President and CEO Donna Harman has taken over as chair of the NAM’s Council of Manufacturing Associations (CMA) to serve a one-year term. The CMA is a vital auxiliary of the NAM, made up of more than 200 industry-specific manufacturing associations that provide resources and networks to members to broaden the reach of the NAM’s advocacy efforts.

“Donna is a tremendous advocate for manufacturing investment and jobs,” said NAM President and CEO Jay Timmons. “She will provide outstanding leadership to the CMA’s efforts to advance pro-growth policies.

"Throughout her career, Donna has skillfully navigated complex policy issues in Washington with great success. Donna’s experience and extensive record of effective issue advocacy will strengthen the voice of all manufacturers and will be a valuable asset to the CMA in 2013,” Timmons added

Harman’s CMA peers recognized her in 2011 with the Council’s Leadership Award, and she is also on RISI’s Top 50 Power List for the pulp and paper industry. Harman serves in leadership roles for the International Council of Forest and Paper Associations, the International Congressional Conservation Foundation and the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization.

“Manufacturing is at the very heart of our country’s economic well-being, and only by communicating our priorities and concerns to our elected representatives will they truly understand the issues affecting us and how to address them,” said Harman. “I am honored to serve the broader manufacturing community and help expand the CMA’s influence on Capitol Hill to accomplish our collective goals in 2013 and beyond.”

Also joining the CMA Board of Directors for 2013 are Kate Offringa, president and CEO of the North American Insulation Manufacturers Association; Heidi Brock, president of The Aluminum Association; Connie Tipton, president and CEO of the International Dairy Foods Association; Ed Youdell, president and CEO of the Fabricators & Manufacturers Association, International; and Stephen Gold, president and CEO of the Manufacturers Alliance for Productivity and Innovation.

The National Association of Manufacturers is the largest manufacturing association in the United States, representing manufacturers in every industrial sector and in all 50 states. Manufacturing has a presence in every single congressional district providing good, high-paying jobs.

The American Forest & Paper Association ( is the national trade association of the forest products industry, representing pulp, paper, packaging and wood products manufacturers, and forest landowners.

The forest products industry accounts for approximately 5 percent of the total U.S. manufacturing GDP. Industry companies produce about $190 billion in products annually and employ nearly 900,000 men and women, exceeding employment levels in the automotive, chemicals and plastics industries. The industry meets a payroll of approximately $50 billion annually and is among the top 10 manufacturing sector employers in 47 states.