NSSGA has hired Chuck Fuqua to lead communications efforts and represent the aggregates industry and advance its policy positions as the vice president of communications. Fuqua brings more than two decades of leading communications coalitions, policy issue projects and strategic planning across the fields of government, politics and trade associations.
“Chuck brings a wealth of experience from a strong, multi-faceted communications career here in the nation’s capital. He has experience in Congress, with the press and building strong communications teams at trade associations. He will play a key role in our mission to advocate on behalf of our members and give voice to the issues that are most pressing for our industry,” said Michael W. Johnson, IOM, NSSGA president and CEO.
Most recently, he has headed the communications department at the American Forest & Paper Association (AF&PA). There, he built and grew a department that has demonstrated accomplishments year-over-year, and consistently exceeded goals on earned media, social media and owned media.
His work in leading association communications has been integral to meeting association objectives – particularly on policy issues. He led the communications effort to establish a sustainability initiative that is one of the most quantifiable out there, as well as an industry effort to create a paper and packaging check-off program, today known as the Paper and Packaging Board. He also completely refreshed the branding of the association, including its collateral and digital presence, and ushered in the use of social and digital media to the cadre of communications resources.
Prior to AF&PA, Fuqua was also the head of communications at the American Frozen Food Institute. He served nearly six years at the U.S. Department of Commerce under both Secretaries Don Evans and Carlos Gutierrez, most of which as Deputy Director of Public Affairs. Fuqua served on staff of four Republican National Conventions, predominantly in media operations, and as an Assistant Superintendent of the House Press Gallery for three years.
Born and raised in Georgia, Fuqua has a degree in Mass Communication from West Georgia College. He currently lives in Alexandria with his wife and two children.