WASHINGTON — The National Association of Manufacturers announced a sixth wave of staff hires, continuing its organizational growth.

Over the last year, NAM has added dozens of new staff and committed more resources to its communications and advocacy divisions. This latest wave of new hires includes additions to the policy, communications and membership divisions of the organization.

“The collective talent, experience and expertise of the NAM team has never been stronger, and America’s manufacturing workers have an accomplished group of advocates and communicators on their side,” said NAM President and CEO Jay Timmons. “Our expanding team achieved significant policy victories over the last year, which has taken manufacturers’ optimism to record highs, according to our Manufacturers’ Outlook Survey. Our latest new hires will help us defend that progress and further advance a robust manufacturing agenda on issues ranging from immigration and infrastructure to trade and workforce development.”

New members of the NAM’s communications, policy and membership divisions include:

Claire Jurkiewicz, digital managing editor. She comes to the NAM with 10 years of digital marketing and content experience. In her role, she will serve as the organization's lead digital strategist, with responsibility for the NAM's web presence, social media platforms and data and analytics program. Prior to joining the NAM, Claire was a content marketing manager for the National Restaurant Association. Previously, she worked as a senior communications specialist for Moroch Partners, an editor for ClubCorp and a reporter for The Dallas Morning News and AAA.

Charles Crain, director of tax and domestic economic policy. Prior to joining the NAM, he was director of tax and financial services policy at the Biotechnology Innovation Organization (BIO).

Stephanie Hall, director of innovation policy. Prior to joining the NAM, he was Senior Counsel for the Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations for Chairman Rob Portman. She previously served as Counsel to Senator John McCain, advising him on cybersecurity, technology, telecommunications, immigration and homeland security issues.

Callie Harman, director of labor and employment policy. She comes to the NAM after extensive work on labor and employment issues on Capitol Hill. Prior to the NAM, she worked her way through the ranks on the Education and the Workforce Committee in the U.S. House of Representatives, most recently as a professional staff member, serving under committee chairs Virginia Foxx and John Kline.

Jessica McBroom, director of trade facilitation policy. She comes to the NAM with significant experience in a range of export control, sanctions and related issues. Prior to joining the NAM, she was vice president and compliance manager at JP Morgan Chase & Co. in New York, where she specialized in AML/OFAC risk assessment. She previously served as a senior adviser in the Office of Sanctions and Counter-Threat Finance, Bureau of Economic and Business Affairs at the U.S. Department of State and has experience as a legal and legislative assistant at Utrecht, Kleinfeld, Fiori, Partners.

Kirk Fordham, director of member and board relations. Prior to joining the NAM, he spent 18 years working on Capitol Hill and led two non-profit organizations, the Everglades Foundation and Gill Action. He will be based in Pittsburgh and his region will include Ohio, West Virginia, Maryland, western Pennsylvania and Washington, D.C.

Patrick Smith, director of member and board relations. Prior to joining the NAM, he was managing director at DCI Group for more than a decade. He will be based in Minneapolis and his region will include Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota and South Dakota.

For more information, visit www.nam.org.