Sheree Edwards has accepted the position of regional legislative director of the National Automatic Merchandising Association (NAMA), Dan Mathews, NAMA executive vice president and chief operating officer announced today.
“The list of regulations that affect our industry is greater and more threatening than ever. Our members face unfair tax hikes on the local, state and federal level, new coin and currency regulations, new nutritional and labeling requirements, new health care mandates, and regulations associated with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), just to name a few,” said Mathews in a prepared statement. “NAMA made a conscious decision to broaden our government affairs department to ensure we are doing our part to identify and monitor emerging issues on the local, state and federal level and address them before they become a threat to our members rather than trying to fight them once they have been passed. Sheree’s qualifications make her an excellent addition to our staff and we look forward to having her work with us to help protect our members’ interests.”
As regional legislative director, Edwards will direct and assist with professional state lobbying teams, legislative efforts and education activities of NAMA at the state council level. She will also collaborate with those who represent NAMA’s interests before state and local governments and help to ensure NAMA members are up-to-date on key legislative issues and developments.
Previously Edwards worked at the Asian American Hotel Owners Association as the managing attorney of government affairs. She has also worked at several law firms and the Detroit City Council as public policy analyst.
Edwards earned a master’s degree with distinction in advocacy politics, public policy and government affairs from The George Washington University. She also has a law degree from Moritz College of Law at Ohio State University. She received her bachelor of science degree from Tennessee State University where she graduated as magna cum laude.
Concluded Mathews, “We hope everyone will join us in welcoming Sheree to NAMA. Her government experience will be tremendously valuable to our members.”