Patrick Dunne joined the National Stone, Sand & Gravel Association (NSSGA) as director of communications, and will lead the day-to-day communications efforts for the association.
“Our industry must have a strategic communications plan that educates policymakers and the public about the aggregates industry – an industry that creates jobs and builds an infrastructure for economic growth in America,” said Michael W. Johnson, NSSGA president and CEO. “Patrick is a welcome addition to our team and complements our ongoing strategic communications efforts as we continue to implement our Rocks Build America strategic plan.”
NSSGA previously implemented a three-year strategy to grow both the scope and influence of the industry and association.
Dunne previously held the position of Assistant Director of Communications at the American Academy of Physician Assistants (AAPA) where he led public outreach efforts, media relations and branding strategies on behalf of the nation’s physician assistants (PAs) for more than four years. He also directed annual campaigns for National PA Week and pioneered the Academy’s social media strategy.
Prior to AAPA, Dunne managed communications and media relations at the National Business Aviation Association (NBAA), the leading organization for companies relying on general aviation aircraft to help make their businesses more efficient, productive and successful. He contributed to the industry’s response to misinformed and sensationalist media coverage by educating journalists and the public on the industry’s importance to communities around the country. Before NBAA, he was a journalist with The Gazette, a long-running Maryland newspaper chain, covering news and politics in Frederick and Montgomery Counties.
“Aggregates are the foundation for our country’s infrastructure,” Dunne said. “I look forward to bringing my experience to this great industry and leading efforts to promote a clear understanding of their critical nature to federal policymakers, media and communities across America.”
Dunne graduated from the Pennsylvania State University with a bachelor’s degree in journalism, and is currently the Secretary of the Board of Directors of the Metro Washington, D.C. Chapter of the Penn State Alumni Association.