David N. Taylor
President & CEO
David N. Taylor is President & CEO of the Pennsylvania Manufacturers’ Association, the statewide trade organization representing the manufacturing sector in Pennsylvania’s public policy process. Now in his 26th year with PMA, Taylor is the association’s chief spokesman at the state Capitol in Harrisburg and in the media. He is editor of the PMA Bulletin and host of the statewide television program “PMA Perspective” on the Pennsylvania Cable Network.
A frequently sought guest and commentator, David is also the host of “Capitol Watch”, a twice-monthly news and commentary program on “Lincoln Radio Journal”, which is heard on more than 90 radio stations across Pennsylvania.
David is chairman of the Pennsylvania Leadership Council and a member of the American Enterprise Institute’s Leadership Network. He serves on the boards of directors of the Pennsylvania Manufacturers’ Association, the Pennsylvania Steel Alliance, the Foundation for Free Enterprise Education, the Business-Industry Political Action Committee (BIPAC), and the Lincoln Institute for Public Opinion Research. He is the immediate past chairman of the Pennsylvania Coalition for Civil Justice Reform and has completed his term on the executive committee of the Conference of State Manufacturing Associations (COSMA).
David was a member of Governor Tom Corbett’s Manufacturing Advisory Council. He is school board president of Reach Cyber Charter School, an online public school providing a broad range of science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) enrichment for students.
Prior to joining PMA, David worked in the United States Senate and the Senate of Pennsylvania.
A native of Huntingdon PA, David is a graduate of Dickinson College, where he majored in History and Dramatic Arts. He is an Elder of the Huntingdon Presbyterian Church and member of Central Pennsylvania MENSA. He lives near Hershey PA with his wife Erica and their daughter Meredith.
Carl A. Marrara
Carl A. Marrara is the Executive Director of the Pennsylvania Manufacturers’ Association (PMA), the statewide business organization representing the interests of manufacturers in Pennsylvania’s public policy process since 1909.
Carl oversees the government affairs, external communications, and political strategy of the association. In addition, he acts as a writer, producer, and reporter for PMA Perspective, a weekly half-hour news program on Pennsylvania business, government, and politics; and as an editor of the PMA Bulletin, a premier in-depth analysis of current issues facing Pennsylvania’s businesses.
As the chief lobbyist for the association, he focuses on legislative advocacy, bill tracking, and grassroots activation. He maintains the PMA partnership with the Business Industry PAC in Washington, DC by deploying the “Pennsylvania Prosperity Project;” a toolkit for employers to engage their employees in voter registration and legislative issue education. To better advocate pro-growth policies, Carl focuses on building coalitions with allied stakeholders such as regional manufacturing associations, trade groups, and national think tanks. He also directs the strategy of PMA PAC, the affiliated political action committee of PMA.
With a tenure of more than a decade at PMA, Carl graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Elizabethtown College in 2009, and obtained a Master of Arts in Public Policy from New England College in 2012, where he now serves as a part-time lecturer. As a life-long Pennsylvanian hailing from Danville, Carl now calls Mechanicsburg home with his wife and two daughters.
Director of Communications
Joy E. Johnson is the Director of Communications of the Pennsylvania Manufacturers’ Association (PMA), the statewide business organization representing the interests of manufacturers in Pennsylvania’s public policy process since 1909.
Joy oversees PMA’s social media strategies, assists with external communications, and develops relationships with media at the local, state, and national level. Additionally, she is responsible for the production of PMA Perspective (pmap.tv), a weekly half-hour news program covering Pennsylvania business, government, and politics, airing statewide on the Pennsylvania Cable Network. Driven by a personal passion for business advocacy, Joy also produces a bi-weekly entrepreneurship podcast in partnership with the Business Owner Resource Network.
Before joining PMA, Joy worked as the Director of Marketing and Communications of Questmont Strategic Wealth Advisors. With a background as a classically trained ballerina, Joy has used her gifts internationally, spending several years in Germany and China, during which she worked as an art gallery manager and performed with the affiliated ballet company. As a Pennsylvania native, she was raised in Marysville and now calls Harrisburg home.
Vice President of Finance and Human Resources
Carol Spanitz is the Vice President of Finance and Human Resources for the Pennsylvania Manufacturers’ Association (PMA), the statewide business organization representing the interests of manufactures in Pennsylvania’s public policy process since 1909.
With a career at PMA spanning more than 20-years, Carol is dedicated to overseeing all financial and personnel details of the association. Prior to PMA, she worked in Harrisburg-area radio and television media in a variety of leadership capacities.