Lauren Wilk joined the Aluminum Association in October 2017 as the Vice President, Policy & International Trade. In this role, Wilk leads the association’s policy department – advancing policy outcomes for the domestic aluminum industry and advocating for the industry’s interests on international trade. She also develops and maintains resources to keep members informed on trade compliance and technical issues, like the association's “Section 232 Tracker” that compiles the Section 232 product exclusion requests for the aluminum docket into a sortable Excel file on the members-only website.
She led the development and launch of the Aluminum Agenda in the spring of 2019, and she is supporting the Board Advisory Council on Sustainability as it works to develop a develop a forward-looking sustainability strategy for the association.
Wilk represents the aluminum industry on the International Trade Advisory Committee on Automotive Equipment and Capital Goods (ITAC-2) to formally advise the U.S. Trade Representative and Commerce Department on trade issues. She also served on the interim Executive Leadership Team while the Association's Board of Directors carried out its search for a new President & CEO.
Prior to joining the Aluminum Association, Wilk was Director of Trade Policy at the National Association of Manufacturers in Washington, D.C. She previously served as a Senior Legislative Assistant for former U.S. Representative Donald Manzullo. Prior to working on Capitol Hill, she worked for the Aerospace Industries Association and the American Farm Bureau Federation.
A Kansas native, she received a B.S. in Journalism and a B.A. in Political Science from the University of Kansas and a M.A. in National Security Studies from the Naval War College.
Wilk recently served two terms on the Board of Directors of the Junior League of Washington and is an active Pi Beta Phi alumna. She lives with her husband and son in Takoma Park, Maryland.