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Muse departs NAM for recruiting firm Odgers Berndtson

Muse says the pandemic, social justice movement awakened her calling to connect women and people of color with executive roles

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Feb. 5, 2021
By Kathryn Walson 

National Association of Manufacturers executive Tonya Muse stepped down Feb. 5 to become a partner in recruiting firm Odgers Berndtson.

Muse was executive director of the Council of Manufacturing Associations for more than six years, overseeing the leadership, direction and management of NAM’s membership arm for trade groups in the sector. More than 250 national associations belong to CMA.

She starts Feb. 15 at Odgers Berndtson’s U.S. Corporate and Government Affairs Practice, and will also be a member of the Industrial Practice, which which includes manufacturing.

“As a seasoned corporate and government affairs executive, Tonya brings a deep background in industry and trade association leadership initiatives as well as nonprofit experience to Odgers Berndtson,” Steve Potter, CEO of U.S. Odgers Berndtson, said in a news statement. “Tonya will work closely with Conrad Woody to continue to grow our search work in this area, helping advise clients on government affairs, corporate communications and public affairs, and trade association CEO and leadership roles.”

Muse said the pandemic and the ongoing social justice movement—coupled with conversations with friends and colleagues—prompted her career change.