Pat Cleary joined the Washington, D.C.-based National Association of Manufacturers in l997 after serving two U.S. presidents. He worked in the Labor Department in the Reagan Administration, as deputy assistant secretary for policy. He served in the first Bush Administration as member and chair of the National Mediation Board, the federal agency that governs labor management relations in the airline and railroad industries.
Cleary frequently serves as a media spokesman for business, appearing on CNN, all the major television networks and National Public Radio, and often is quoted in the nation's leading newspapers. He served on the Bush-Cheney transition team for the U.S. Department of Labor in 2001.
Cleary has lectured on the topics of negotiation and dispute resolution at the Darden School of Business at the University of Virginia and the Stanford Graduate School of Business. He is the author of The Negotiation Handbook. A former factory worker, he graduated from Fairfield University in Fairfield, Conn., and Hamline University School of Law School in St. Paul, Minn.
The 175-person NAM is the largest industrial trade association in the United States, with 14,000 companies and their subsidiaries as members, representing 18 million workers. More than 80 percent of NAM's member firms are small manufacturers.