Carolyn Lee

Executive Director
The Manufacturing Institute

Carolyn Lee is Executive Director of The Manufacturing Institute, the non-profit affiliate of the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM), the nation’s largest industrial trade association. In this role, Lee leads the Institute’s workforce efforts to close the skills gap, and inspire all Americans, including the next generation and a focus on women, to enter America’s manufacturing workforce. Prior to joining the Institute, Lee was Senior Director of Tax Policy at the NAM beginning in 2011, where she was responsible for portions of the NAM’s tax portfolio including pass-through taxes, energy taxes and capital cost recovery. Lee served as the Director of Legislative and Government Affairs at the Telecommunications Industry Association, Manager of State and Federal Government Affairs for 3M Company and in various positions on Capitol Hill including as Legislative Director for former U.S. Senator Olympia Snowe (R-ME), and as a senior legislative staff member for former U.S. Rep. Sue Kelly (R-NY). Carolyn is a graduate of Gettysburg College in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania graduating with a B.A. in Political Science and lives in Northern Virginia with her husband and three children.