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Organizational Changes for The New Year


January 23, 2023 - Below is a message from Rich Nolan, President and CEO, National Mining Association:

As the new year begins, I have some exciting changes to share about internal restructuring at the National Mining Association (NMA). First, Katie Sweeney has been promoted to Executive Vice President & Chief Operating Officer. In this elevated role, Katie will be part of the Office of the President, helping oversee the day-to-day functions of the association as well as critical NMA program platforms such as strategic development and membership recruitment, organized labor outreach, the work of the Environmental, Social and Governance task force, and CORESafety to name a few. As part of that realignment, Veronika Shime, Paul Krivokuca, and Catherine Krill will also move to the Office of the President. With Katie’s announcement, the NMA’s Tawny Bridgeford has been promoted to General Counsel & Senior Vice President of Regulatory Affairs, taking over the management of the regulatory and legal affairs department; she is already hard at work as the regulatory and legal pressure on the mining industry show no signs of easing.

Working to address the opportunities and challenges of the split control of Congress, we have beefed-up the Government & Political Affairs department. Justin Prosser and Scott Gemperline have been elevated to Directors, Political and Government Affairs, and MK Kirlin to Manager, Political and Government Affairs. The recent hire of James Young as Director, Political and Government Affairs, rounds out the full bipartisan government affairs team for the 118th Congress. Wil MacPherson has been promoted to Associate, Office of the President & Government Affairs, assisting Rich and Katie, as well as Ryan Jackson in the Government Affairs shop.

I am proud of the strong team we have built with your help at the NMA. These changes are designed to strategically strengthen our capabilities and meet the coming opportunities and challenges head on.