WASHINGTON—Anne Forristall Luke has a message for the members of the Rubber Manufacturers Association: she will be their zealous advocate, in any way she can.
“The first thing I bring to the RMA is a tremendous passion for U.S. manufacturing,” said Luke, who became RMA president and CEO Jan. 1 after more than 30 years of Washington experience.
Luke's resume is typical of the varied career path of many successful Washington association executives.
Beginning her career in the Environment and Natural Resources Division of the U.S. Department of Justice, Luke succeeded to a professional staff position at the House Energy and Commerce Committee.
She then went to government relations firm MGN Inc.; global public relations company Ketchum Inc.; and the presidency of the U.S. Tuna Foundation.
Just before joining the RMA, she was vice president, political and public affairs, for the Association of Equipment Manufacturers. It was at the AEM, she said, where she truly came to understand the importance of U.S. manufacturing.
“Through that experience, I came to appreciate and love the people of U.S. manufacturing,” Luke said. “The dedication they bring to their jobs every day is vital to the United States.”