NACD Welcomes John Shanahan to its Executive Team

Jan 23, 2013, 12:48 ET from National Association of Chemical Distributors (NACD)

Former Grocery Manufacturers Industry Professional, John Shanahan, will lead NACD's
Legislative Affairs Team

ARLINGTON, Va., Jan. 23, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Effective today, the National Association of Chemical Distributors (NACD) announced that John Shanahan is joining the association, as vice president for legislative affairs. Shanahan has been an active participant in legislative issues with the Grocery Manufacturers Association over the last several years, developing substantive policies to advance industry interests and advocating those policies through outreach to policymakers, advocacy campaigns, and coalition building. His prior experience on the Hill as a top Senate staffer will complement NACD's legislative programs and his Congressional understanding will bring this industry dedicated advocacy leadership to better position NACD for the future. 


"John will meaningfully enhance our current legislative staff. He is very familiar with our issues and will bring new strategies to advance NACD's issues before Congress. I am pleased to welcome John into the chemical distribution industry and the NACD senior team. He has wide-ranging experience in government affairs, having worked on Capitol Hill and in the Association arena as well as specific exposure to NACD's priority issues," said NACD President Chris Jahn.

Shanahan will be responsible for the planning and execution of all legislative activities for the association. He will oversee all grassroots advocacy and political programs including the annual Washington Fly-In, the Responsible Distribution PAC, and member company outreach to Congress.

"I look forward to enhancing key relationships in the Industry and on Capitol Hill for NACD. The association has great credibility with its Responsible Distribution program.  I'm excited to expand NACD's legislative programs for the membership and to lead the team as NACD also enhances its grassroots programs," said Shanahan. 

Shanahan spent the last four years at the Grocery Manufacturers Association (GMA), where he was Senior Director for government affairs responsible for developing strategies and directing advocacy activities in the energy and environment areas. Prior to that he served as principal of JCStrategies, and in the early 2000s, he was senior counsel to the U.S. Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works. Previously, Shanahan held positions at the National Mining Association, American Legislative Exchange Council and The Heritage Foundation.  He received a Juris Doctorate from George Mason University School of Law and his undergraduate degree from the University of Virginia. 

NACD and its over 400 member companies are vital to the chemical supply chain, providing products to over 750,000 end users. They make a delivery every six seconds while maintaining a safety record that is more than twice as good as all manufacturing combined. NACD members are leaders in health, safety, security, and environmental performance through implementation of Responsible Distribution, established in 1991 as a condition of membership and a third-party verified management practice. For additional information on our members, their safety record or NACD, visit NACD at

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SOURCE National Association of Chemical Distributors (NACD)