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DAN SWINNEY is executive director of Manufacturing Renaissance, formerly the Center for Labor and Community Research (CLCR). Dan founded CLCR in 1982 in response to the Chicago region’s sudden loss of thousands of manufacturing companies and jobs. After 20 years of in-depth research, he led the creation of CLCR’s Manufacturing Renaissance Council (MRC) development model and its implementation in Chicago and the San Francisco Bay Area. As executive director of the Chicago MRC, Dan founded Austin Polytechnical Academy, a nationally recognized public high school that prepares students for success and leadership in all aspects of advanced manufacturing. He also serves as executive director of the National Manufacturing Renaissance Council.
Prior to founding CLCR, Dan worked for 13 years as a machinist. He organized and served as vice president of the Steelworkers Local 8787 at G+W Taylor Forge in Cicero, Illinois, before the company closed in 1983. He holds a bachelor’s degree in history from the University of Wisconsin.