MAPI Foundation Staff

As a team, the MAPI Foundation’s staff have more than 100 years of research experience in economics, policy, and best practices. As passionate supporters of manufacturing, they regularly deliver keynote presentations at major industry events and meetings (let us know if you'd like to have one of our experts speak at an event). Major media outlets such as The Associated Press, Bloomberg NewsThe New York Times, ReutersThe Wall Street Journal, FOX Business, and CNBC rely on us as a trusted voice on the issues that matter to manufacturing.


Stephen Gold, Chairman and President

Stephen is President of the MAPI Foundation, as well as President and Chief Executive Officer of the Manufacturers Alliance / MAPI Inc. (the parent organization of the MAPI Foundation). Over the past three decades, he has represented U.S. manufacturers in a variety of senior-level roles in nonprofit membership organizations, including in government relations, communications, and operations. He has served as an occasional guest columnist for The Washington Times and is presently a contributing columnist for IndustryWeek. He regularly writes on topics such as the millennial workforce, automation, and government policy.

While at the National Association of Manufacturers in the early 2000s, he helped launch NAM’s Campaign for the Future of U.S. Manufacturing and served as executive director of the Coalition for the Future of U.S. Manufacturing. He specialized in regulatory law in the 1990s, working at a D.C.-based firm in the consumer product safety practice group and in energy and environmental issues in the government relations practice group.

Stephen received a J.D. from George Mason University School of Law, an M.A. in history from George Washington University, and a B.S. in history from Arizona State University.

Rae Ann Johnson, Vice President & Secretary

Rae Ann S. Johnson is the MAPI Foundation's vice president and secretary. Rae Ann serves as an expert and advisor to manufacturing executives in areas of corporate compliance, antitrust, government procurement, and environmental, health, and safety regulations. She has authored reports on FCPA, the UK Bribery Act, EU REACH, Buy American regulations, U.S. and Chinese antitrust laws, global warming litigation, sustainability in manufacturing, and the attorney–client privilege and work product doctrine.   

She received her J.D. from American University, Washington School of Law, her MSW from Washington University, and her B.A. in public policy from The College of William & Mary.

Jenn Callaway, Vice President of Research

Jenn Callaway directs the MAPI Foundation’s research program where she actively supports the mission of the Foundation to produce high quality research in support of the manufacturing sector.  She plays a key leadership role in identifying the big ideas and distilling insights critical to driving the manufacturing industry forward. She has authored reports on diversity and inclusion, manufacturing footprint optimization, manufacturing mega trends, managing the customer experience, and mergers and acquisitions. Prior to joining MAPI, Jenn served as an advisor to quality executives at CEB, helping manufacturing companies address critical management and strategic challenges. 

She received a Bachelor’s of Arts degree from Queen’s University in Canada.

Cliff Waldman, Chief Economist

Cliff Waldman is chief economist at the MAPI Foundation. He regularly writes and speaks on U.S. and global economic trends, including the productivity dynamics of manufacturing, demographics, 3D printing, and advanced manufacturing clusters.

Cliff was awarded the 2016 Edmund A. Mennis Contributed Paper Award by the National Association for Business Economics (NABE) for his report on The Evolving Contours of Productivity Performance and Automation Investment in U.S. Manufacturing. He also wrote with former colleague Jeremy Leonard, a cutting-edge study on manufacturing innovation that was published in the October 2007 edition of Business Economics, for which they received an award for outstanding contributed paper. He is regularly invited to speak at industry events and corporate meetings, including with IEEE, Kaman Corporation, and Southern Governors' Association.

He previously worked as a research economist for the New Jersey Department of Labor, within the research arm of the National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB), and as president of Waldman Associates, an economic consulting firm in Arlington, VA. He holds an M.A. and a B.A. in economics from Rutgers University. 

Erika Ruiz,  Information Technology and Database Associate

As an Information Technology and Database Associate, Erika supports the research mission of the MAPI Foundation by applying IT and database management skills to enhance the manufacturing sector. She designs secure and relevant IT and database systems to ensure high-quality, data-driven research and analysis on relevant manufacturing business topics. Erika also leads the creation, collection and analysis of surveys in support of the MAPI Foundation’s strategic research agenda. Erika’s previous experience includes conducting quantitative research on behalf of IBM.

She received her MBA in IT Management from Northwest Missouri State University, and her B.A. in Marketing from the Monterrey Institute of Technology and Higher Education.