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Nadya Ally

Sustainability Director

Nadya Ally joined the Aluminum Association as sustainability director in August 2022. In her role, Nadya works with the external affairs team to formulate and communicate the umbrella sustainability strategy of the U.S. aluminum industry. 

Prior to joining the Aluminum Association, Nadya was a contractor supporting the U.S. Department of Energy’s Vehicle Technologies Office. She started her career at Oak Ridge National Laboratory in Oak Ridge, Tennessee as an intern.

Nadya is a graduate of the University of Tennessee, Knoxville with a BA in psychology and a masters in business administration. Outside of work, Nadya enjoys boxing workouts, hiking, reading, writing, traveling and discovering new restaurants. 
 

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Jennifer Bell

Membership Services Director

Jennifer Bell joined the Aluminum Association as member services director in June 2022. In this role, she oversees all aspects of membership development, experience, events and e-commerce for the association.

Prior to joining the Aluminum Association, Jennifer was the vice president of marketing and meetings for the Federation of American Hospitals. She started her career at SmithBucklin, working for healthcare associations. 

Jennifer is a graduate of the University of Mary Washington with a BA in Political Science and International Affairs. In her free time, she enjoys cooking and is a member of a local running club. 
 

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Jennifer Cassidy

Vice President, Finance & Administration

Jennifer Cassidy joined the Aluminum Association as vice president, finance and administration in December 2021. In this role, she uses her more than 25 years of experience in the nonprofit finance space to lead the association’s finance and human resources functions.

Prior to join the Aluminum Association, she served as vice president of finance at the National Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors, where she was responsible for ensuring optimal financial operations.

A St. Louis native, Jennifer has a Bachelor of Science degree in Accountancy from the University of Missouri – Columbia. She is a licensed CPA and a member of the American Society of Association Executives (ASAE) and the American Institute of Certified Public Accounts (AICPA). 

She lives in Vienna, Virginia with her husband and son, and enjoys tennis, running and being active every day. 

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Virginia Gum Hamisevicz

Vice President, Government Relations
Phone: 703-358-2981

As Vice President, Government Relations and International Programs, Virginia Gum Hamisevicz provides strategic leadership for advancing the mission and vision of the Aluminum Association. She leads the policy development, government relations strategy and lobbying activity in support of aluminum industry priorities, as well as the association’s engagement with international organizations that impact the US aluminum industry.

Mrs. Gum Hamisevicz has almost 20 years of experience advocating on energy, natural resources and trade policy before Congress and the Executive Branch. She spent more than a decade with the National Mining Association as Vice President, Government Affairs. Mrs. Gum Hamisevicz served for both Reps. Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.) and Bill Shuster (R-Penn.). She has held positions with the Environmental Protection Agency, National Park Service, Independent Petroleum Association of America, and the Methanol Institute.

A native of West Virginia, Mrs. Gum Hamisevicz holds a B.A. in environmental science from West Virginia Wesleyan College and a M.A. in environmental and resource policy from The George Washington University.

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Charles Johnson

President & CEO
Phone: 703-358-2980

As president and CEO of the Aluminum Association, Charles “Chuck” Johnson serves as the chief advocate for the full aluminum value chain in the United States, which supports hundreds of thousands of American workers. The association’s 120+ members make 70 percent of the aluminum and aluminum products shipped in North America. 

Prior to joining the association in 2022, Charles served as the President of the International Safety Equipment Association (ISEA), the trade organization for personal protective equipment and technologies. During his tenure, he modernized ISEA’s operations and spearheaded the passage of key liability legislation for safety equipment manufacturers. Notably, Charles led the ISEA as the industry was at the forefront of the COVID-19 pandemic response.

He previously served as the vice president of policy for the Aluminum Association, acting as strategic advisor to the industry and advancing the aluminum industry’s interests in Washington D.C. and abroad. His responsibilities included federal affairs, environmental regulation, occupational health and safety, community and consumer protection, international regulation and sustainability.

Charles has 18 years of aluminum industry experience, during which he represented the U.S. industry in international corporate stewardship deliberations, diverse standards setting forums and at the WHO/FAO.

He holds a B.A. from the University of Mississippi and an M.A. in international environmental policy from The American University.

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Heidi Lomba

Senior Accounting Specialist
Phone: 703-358-2972

Heidi Lomba joined the Aluminum Association as a Senior Accounting Specialist in April 2020. In this role, she supports the association's day-to-day financial and accounting operations.

Lomba brings more than 15 years of finance and accounting experience in both the private and public sector. Prior to joining the association, she worked for a variety of industries including energy, healthcare and retail. 

She received a Bachelor's Degree in Accounting from Thammasat University in Bangkok, Thailand, and received a Master of Science in Accounting with honors from Strayer University in Washington, D.C.

Originally from Bangkok Thailand, Lomba now lives in Virginia, where she is actively involved in her community as a coach for Thais with over 10,000 members across the United States. She enjoys cooking, listening to music and watching sporting events in her free time.

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Sydney Masterson

Statistical Analyst
Phone: 703.358.2990

Sydney Masterson joined the Aluminum Association in June of 2022. As the Statistical Analyst, she oversees the association’s statistical reporting and analytics program. Sydney is a self-proclaimed data storyteller – skilled in the ability to transform statistics information into tangible concepts for the aluminum industry. 

Prior to joining the Aluminum Association, Sydney worked for a data science consulting firm as their Business Analyst. She started her career in the not-for-profit industry working for the Human Trafficking Institute before transitioning into analytics. 

Sydney graduated from The University of the South: Sewanee with a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics and a minor in International & Global Studies. While attending Sewanee, Sydney served as a Bonner Scholar all four years – serving 8+ hours a week in and around the Sewanee domain. She is currently pursuing a Master of Science in Data Science from the University of Virginia part-time. Outside of work, Sydney enjoys cooking, biking, enjoying time with her housemates and exploring various art forms. 
 

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Matt Meenan

Vice President, External Affairs
Phone: 703-358-2977

Matt Meenan joined the Aluminum Association in December of 2012 and has served in roles of increasing responsibility managing all aspects of the association’s external communications. As Vice President of External Affairs, Meenan oversees the external affairs department and develops strategies and programs to promote aluminum, respond to external threats and protect the brand of the association/industry.

He is the staff executive for two of the association's major market committees, the Aluminum Transportation Group and the Can Sheet Producers Committee. During his time at the Aluminum Association, Meenan has worked with top-tier media on behalf of the industry including The Economist, CNBC, POLITICO and The Wall Street Journal. He also led redesign of the association’s website www.aluminum.org and launched the industry’s award-winning e-newsletter program, Aluminum Week.

Prior to joining the association, Meenan was a Vice President at Xenophon Strategies, a full service strategic communications, public affairs and crisis management firm in Washington, D.C. Meenan worked for a variety of clients during his 8 years at Xenophon including: The Salvation Army, the Church Benefits Association, the Dollar Coin Alliance, the U.S. Grains Council and Blank Rome, LLP/LLC. He worked on major national and international news stories including the 2004 presidential election, Hurricane Katrina, the Duke Lacrosse case and the 2010 Haiti earthquake.

Meenan completed his Master of Business Administration degree at Georgetown University in 2014 and received his BA in Political Science and Communications from Vanderbilt University in 2004. He lives in Washington, D.C. with his wife Emily, son Harrison and daughter Ellie.

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Sam Muhamed

Manager, Standards & Technology
Phone: 703-358-2978

Sam joined the association in September 2020 and manages activities of the Standards & Technology department. He engages with members, committee task groups and external stakeholders on matters regarding alloy/temper registration, technical publications and standards development.

Sam has 6 years of techno-commercial experience in the automotive industry, specially in the strategic and operational management of commercial vehicle field service functions as it relates to technical excellence, service business profitability and customer engagement. 

Hailing from the state of Kerala in India, Sam received his M.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Clemson University in South Carolina.

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John Newman

Director, Technology and Market Development
Phone: 703-358-2989

John Newman leads the Aluminum Association’s Standards & Technology department, which creates the backbone of a vital communication system that facilitates the production, sale and use of aluminum. He has more than 34 years of experience in the research and development of aluminum sheet, plate, and extrusion products. 

Prior to joining the association in 2022, Newman was a Senior Manager at the Arconic Technology Center working on Aerospace and Extrusion alloy development.  He spent almost 27 years with Alcoa/Arconic primarily in an R&D role working on wrought product alloy development, with an emphasis on aerospace and automotive applications, and also on an advanced continuous casting process.  He has spent time working in rolled product manufacturing locations in both the UK and US. 

John was educated in the UK and received his PhD in Metallurgical Engineering from the University of Southampton working on Al-Li alloys.  He lives in Pittsburgh with his wife.

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Ryan Olsen

Vice President, Market Growth & Development
Phone: 703-358-2984

Ryan Olsen is the Vice President of Market Growth and Development for the Aluminum Association. He is responsible for directing the association's North American aluminum industry statistical program, which publishes a number of reports covering every segment of the market. Through his leadership, the program provides vital market insight and intelligence utilized by the industry to capture new trends, benchmark performance, and inform strategic decision-making.
 
Along with leading the association’s statistical program, Olsen manages the membership and recruitment arm of the association and serves as the staff executive for various market committees, product divisions and working groups. He also served on the interim Executive Leadership Team for 7 months while the Association's Board of Directors carried out its search for a new President & CEO.
 
Prior to the Association, he spent 12 years in the maritime industry at the U.S. Maritime Administration, leading the production of a broad range of economic and statistical analyses. 
 
A native of the Washington, D.C. area, Olsen has a B.A. in Economics from St. Mary's College of Maryland and an MBA from Mount St. Mary's University.  He currently lives in Clarksburg, MD, with his wife and two children.
 

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Katie Rosebrook

Manager, External Affairs
Phone: 703-358-2966

Katie Rosebrook joined the Aluminum Association in September 2017. As the manager of external affairs, she serves as the association's press secretary in addition to leading the association’s digital communications arm.

She helps to shape and deliver the industry’s message for target audiences across key platforms. Notably, Katie is the lead writer for the association’s award-winning newsletter, Aluminum Week. She also serves as the staff executive for the Aluminum Transportation Group (ATG), the committee representing the industry's largest market, and has previously staffed the Membership Development Committee.

Prior to joining the association, Katie worked with clients in the healthcare, medical technology and telecommunications industries at SIGNAL Group DC. Before SIGNAL, she worked in the communications department at Oklahoma State University, where her role included writing and distributing press releases, drafting twice-weekly email campaigns and managing open records requests from the public.

An Oklahoma native, Katie graduated from Oklahoma State University in 2017 with a Bachelor of Science in strategic communications and minor in English. She now lives in Washington, D.C. Outside of work, she enjoys visiting new restaurants, trying not to triple bogey while golfing and cheering on her alma mater during college football season (Go Pokes!).

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Andrew Smith

Manager, Regulatory Affairs
Phone: 703-358-2985

Andrew Smith joined the Aluminum Association as regulatory affairs manager in May 2023. In his role, Andrew leads advocacy on the association's environmental, health, and safety regulatory priorities.

Andrew previously served as the Aluminum Association's government affairs intern in 2022. He brings regulatory and association experience from previous internships with the Michigan Corn Growers Association and the Michigan State House of Representatives Agriculture Committee. Above all, he attributes his skills and drive to growing up and working on his family’s six-generation farm.

Andrew is a graduate of Michigan State University with Bachelor of Science degrees in Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources Education and Agribusiness Management, as well as a minor in Environmental and Sustainability Studies. In his free time, he enjoys running, golfing, cooking, reading, movies, and exploring the DMV area’s history and food.
 

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Liz Sullivan

Manager, Federal and State Government Relations & PAC
Phone: 571-397-2993

Elizabeth (Liz) Sullivan is the Manager, Federal and State Government Relations & PAC at the Aluminum Association. She brings passion for trade associations, manufacturing and consumer goods, and political action committee management.

Prior to her role at the Aluminum Association, Liz worked as the Manager, Public Affairs at the American Cleaning Institute. In this role, Liz grew the Institute’s political action committee in both member participation and political expenditures, collaborated on a federal public affairs campaign, and developed a new, strategic committee to address emerging issues.

When not working, Liz enjoys reading mystery novels, exploring D.C. and hanging out with her dog.

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Marshall Wang

Senior Manager, Sustainability Programs
Phone: 703-358-2971

Jinlong "Marshall" Wang is the Senior Manager of Sustainability Programs at the Aluminum Association. He also serves as a member of the Sustainable Aluminium Working Group and the Environment & Energy Committee of the International Aluminium Institute. He was a delegate of The Aluminum Association for the Asian Pacific Partnership on Clean Development and Climate between 2008 and 2010.

Before joining The Aluminum Association, Mr. Wang worked at Yale University as a temporary researcher. His research projects were concentrated on aluminum resource issues. He has previously had a 15-year experience of working in China. He was a Project Director at China National Blue Star Corporation where his major responsibility was to contract and conduct energy efficiency improvement projects. Later on he served as a Director of Project Operations at Beijing Int’l Institute of Economic and Social Development where he was in charge of operations of projects sponsored by the World Bank and the Asia Development Bank.

Mr. Wang obtained his Masters Degree in Environmental Management from Yale University in 2007, and his Bachelors Degree in Chemistry from Shandong University in 1989. His expertise and interests include energy and resource economics, energy analysis, energy market strategy, renewable energy, energy efficiency and energy technologies, climate change, environmental finance, industrial environmental management, natural resource conservation, sustainable development, and the social, economic and environmental issues of China and the United States.

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Trayvia Watson

Executive Assistant to the President & CEO
Phone: 703-358-2969

Trayvia Watson joined the Aluminum Association as Executive Assistant to the President & CEO in December 2023, bringing with her 15+ years of experience helping organizations in the construction, electric, healthcare and city government sectors achieve maximum potential.

Trayvia is a skilled leader and listener who cultivates relationships with diverse groups to reach collaborative goals. She has experience working with non-profit organizations, local government and multi-member organizations, including the National Association for Proton Therapy (NAPT) and the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization (NHPCO). Trayvia excels at communication across departments and at senior executive levels. She is a thought leader committed to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) initiatives and amplifying DEI knowledge.

Trayvia is a member of an Honor Society, The National Society of Collegiate Scholars at Liberty University, that recognizes and elevates high achievers. She is also a Notary Public for the Commonwealth of Virginia. Trayvia loves working in an industry that educates, inspires, enlightens, and nurtures people of all socioeconomic backgrounds.

As she continues to learn and grow, she expects to graduate with a degree in Business Administration and Communication from Liberty University in 2025.

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Curt Wells

Senior Director, Regulatory Affairs & Corporate Stewardship
Phone: 703-358-2976

Curt joined the association in March 2014 and provides leadership for the industry on a range of environmental, health, safety, and other regulatory issues

Prior to joining the Association, Curt worked as a Regulatory Compliance Specialist for the environmental consulting firm StrataG. In addition, Curt served in a variety of environment, health and safety leadership roles over an 18-year period for both Alcoa and the Reynolds Metals Company. Curt’s many years of experience in the aluminum industry, coupled with his additional early work as a state regulator, provide a solid foundation for his effective advocacy of the industry in the Regulatory Affairs area. 

Curt received a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering (Environmental focus) from the University of Texas at Austin and also holds Qualified Environmental Professional (QEP) certification from the Institute of Professional Environmental Practice.

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Debra Weston

Senior Technical Assistant
Phone: 703-358-2991

Debra Weston joined the Aluminum Association in September 2006 as the Senior Technical Assistant for the Standards & Technology Department.

In this role, she supports the industry’s work to develop and maintain technical standards for aluminum production. Specifically, Debra manages the industry’s alloy and temper designation systems standards, standards registration requests, and the standards technology database. 

She also supports the development and maintenance of various industry publications and works with several technical committees, divisions and task groups, including the Technical Committee on Product Standards and Casting & Recycling Division. In addition to her technical responsibilities, Debra serves as the association’s assistant office manager.

Prior to joining the association, Debra worked in documentation and research for various companies specializing in contracts with the U.S. military.

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