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The National Association of Manufacturers announced Thursday that Charles Crain has been named a new vice president of domestic policy. Crain previously served as the NAM’s senior director of tax and domestic economic policy, where he led successful policy efforts on a range of tax and corporate governance issues.

In this new role, Crain leads the association’s focus on a range of priorities, including advancing competitive tax and corporate finance policies, pushing back against the regulatory onslaught facing the industry and advocating policies that strengthen manufacturers’ ability to develop lifesaving treatments. 

Crain will also bring together the expertise of the NAM’s Manufacturing Leadership Council and Innovation Research Interchange to drive the debate around the role of AI and technology in the future of manufacturing. 

In addition to Crain, the lead policy experts for the association include VP of Domestic Policy Brandon Farris, who leads the energy, sustainability, labor and infrastructure policy portfolio; VP of International Policy Ken Monahan; and Chief Economist Chad Moutray. In July, Managing Vice President of Policy Chris Netram took the helm of the policy division. 

“The NAM’s best-in-class policy team is made stronger with the elevation of Charles Crain,” said NAM President and CEO Jay Timmons. “Charles has a track record of success that has benefitted manufacturers, and they will benefit even more from his leadership in this new role. 

“As technology continues to play an increasingly critical role in manufacturing, Charles will be a leading voice in ensuring policymakers foster an environment where our industry can stay globally competitive,” Timmons said.  

“Moreover, the integration of policy, government relations, communications, public affairs and brand strategy within the NAM ensures that manufacturers will be a driving force inside and outside the Beltway on every issue important to the industry,” he said. 

Netram said Crain’s new role ensures that “manufacturers will have an experienced advocate who can move the needle in debates on tax, health care, corporate finance, regulatory reform and technology policy.”