WASHINGTON – The National Marine Manufacturers Association, announced it has hired Dylan Jones as the organization’s new special water access counsel in its Washington, D.C., government relations office.
Jones, a graduate of Tulane Law School with an emphasis in maritime law, joins NMMA following six years working in Congress on transportation and finance policy legislative issues.
“Protecting and improving access to America’s waterways for the nation’s boaters is a key piece of NMMA’s government relations mission, and Dylan Jones is a visible part of our commitment to the issue,” said Monita Fontaine, NMMA vice president of Government Relations. “I’m happy to welcome Dylan aboard; he brings considerable experience and will aid our efforts.”
NMMA says this move underscores a commitment made at July’s Marine Aftermarket Accessories Trade Show to boost the industry’s efforts to preserve and expand water access for boaters. As the nation’s largest recreational boating industry trade association, NMMA says appointing Jones is part of a multi-pronged strategy as it devotes considerable resources to the water access issue.
“Water access issues pose a serious threat to the economic strength and future of the boating industry, and we are serious about taking a proactive approach to this challenge,” said Thom Dammrich, NMMA president.
Jones served as the legislative director for Rep. Carolyn McCarthy (D-N.Y.), and advised Rep. Shelley Berkley (D-Nev.) on transportation issues after practicing maritime law with the Seattle law firm Holmes, Weddle & Barcott, L.L.C. He began his professional career working on the legislative staff of Rep. Paul Kanjorski (D-Pa.).
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