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Brad Markell


Executive Director

AFL-CIO Industrial Union Council

Brad Markell works in the president’s office and serves as the Executive Director of both the AFL-CIO Industrial Union Council and the Working for America Institute. He also chairs the AFL-CIO energy task force and advised the Biden-Harris transition team on behalf of the labor movement.

Prior to joining the AFL-CIO, Brad was an International Representative with the UAW in Detroit for 15 years, where his duties included helping develop and advance the union’s positions on energy and environmental policy.

Brad was the Labor Program Director at the Michigan Manufacturing Extension Partnership center, where he worked with small and medium-sized union manufacturers to implement new work systems, promote labor-management cooperation, and improve quality and productivity.

Brad has degrees from the University of Michigan and Wayne State University. He joined the UAW in 1976, when he hired into General Motors and is a member of Local 14 in Toledo, Ohio.

Recent Events and Presentations

January 11, 2022

What a National Strategic-Industry Policy Should Look Like

ITIF hosted a discussion of what a robust national strategic-industry policy should—and should not—entail.

June 16, 2021

Biden Officials Discuss White House Supply Chain Report

ITIF hosted an in-depth discussion with members of the Biden Administration about the report, implications for policy, and potential next steps.

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