Attorney and former legislative staffer Amy Walstien has been tapped to lead the Minnesota Precision Manufacturing Association (MPMA) effective Sept. 1, trade group officials announced Monday.

As executive director, Walstien will help the high tech trade association gain a larger presence at the State Capitol and help lobby for issues important to its 325 members. Most members are manufacturers who make highly precise parts that go into medical devices, aircraft, automobiles, watercraft and other machinery.

MPMA officials said Walstien is well regarded for her work in government relations and her expertise in education and workforce development policy.

MPMA President Brenda Kyle said, "Her experience at the Minnesota Chamber, strong success at the Legislature and deep connections in this community will be instrumental in moving the MPMA's strategic priorities forward."

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