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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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Matt Meenan

Senior Director, External Affairs
Phone: 703-358-2977

Matt Meenan joined the Aluminum Association in December of 2012. As Senior Director of External Affairs, Meenan runs day-to-day media operations and all external facing communications for the association. He is also 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

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

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

Sam has 6 years of techno-commercial experience in the automotive industry, specifically pertaining to the strategic and operational management of commercial vehicle field service functions related 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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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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John Richard

Policy Analytics Associate
Phone: 240-623-6445

John J. Richard joined the Aluminum Association in March of 2020 as a Policy Analytics Associate. John leads the Association's infrastructure policy portfolio and assists on the other four pillars of the Aluminum Agenda. He is also currently serving as the staff executive of the government affairs committee.

Prior to joining the Association, John worked at the National Restaurant Association where he developed metrics and best practices for organization-wide programs relating to their state partners. While in graduate school, John worked at the Government Accountability Office, the U.S. House of Representatives, and at the Matthew B. Ridgway Center for International Security Studies. John graduated with his MPA from the University of Pittsburgh’s Graduate School of Public and International Affairs in 2017.

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Katie Rosebrook

Senior External Affairs Specialist
Phone: 703-358-2966

Katie Rosebrook joined the Aluminum Association in September 2017. In her current role, she manages the association’s digital platforms, coordinates internal and external communications, and staffs the Aluminum Transportation Group (ATG), the committee representing the industry's largest market.

She also co-writes the industry’s award-winning e-newsletter, Aluminum Week; maintains the industry's grassroots advocacy network, Aluminum Nation; and supports the association's membership efforts.

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.

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Hank Sattlethight

Manager, Statistical Programs
Phone: 703-358-2985

Hank Sattlethight works as Manager, Statistical Programs for the Aluminum Association. Hank joined the Association in September 1995 and has managed the Association’s statistical program since that time.  Prior to joining the Association, Hank served in the U.S. Air Force as a Russian linguist and intelligence analyst and worked as a contractor at the U.S. Bureau of Mines.  He holds a BS in Natural Sciences and Mathematics from Washington and Lee University and a BA in Russian Area Studies from the University of Maryland.

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Madeleine Smith

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

Madeleine Smith joined the Aluminum Association in May of 2017 as the Executive Assistant to the President & CEO. Madeleine coordinates internal and external meetings, handles correspondence and communications and special projects for the President as well as assist other members of the Senior Leadership Team as needed. 

Madeleine is a Southern California native, and a graduate of the University of Southern California,  who has lived in Tennessee, Florida, Texas, and Virginia.  A career administrative and executive assistant, she has supported professionals and C-level executives in the legal, medical, engineering, and banking fields before joining the Aluminum Association.  Madeleine has worked for law firms, Vanderbilt University, Johnson & Johnson, and the Dallas Federal Reserve Bank.  

She is married to Steve and they live in Herndon, VA.

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Marshall Wang

Senior Sustainability Specialist
Phone: 703-358-2971

Jinlong "Marshall" Wang is the Senior Environmental/Sustainability Specialist of 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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Curt Wells

Senior Director, Regulatory Affairs
Phone: 703-358-2976

Curt joined the association in March 2014 as the Director, Regulatory Affairs. In this role, Curt 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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John Weritz

Vice President, Standards & Technology
Phone: 703-358-2989

John Weritz 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 30 years of experienced in the production of aluminum sheet, plate, foil, and extrusion products. 

Prior to joining the Association in 2012, Weritz served as Metallurgy Manager at Wise Alloys, where, he was responsible for developing and improving manufacturing methods for the company’s products. He began his career at Reynolds Metals Company, earning roles of increasing responsibility – including Metallurgical, Quality Assurance and Production Management positions – throughout his 25 years with the company. 

A Chicago native, Weritz received his B.S. in Metallurgical Engineering from the University of Illinois at Chicago Circle. 

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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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