At NASCO, we love our jobs and more importantly, each other. Everything is a team effort.
We're pleased to introduce the NASCO team!
Tiffany Melvin, J.D. , President
Tiffany is the original Executive Director of NASCO – North American Strategy for Competitiveness – and has served in that capacity for 19 of its 22 years. She was named President of NASCO in 2015 by the NASCO Board of Directors.
Under her vision and leadership, NASCO has grown into a widely respected, tri-national coalition focusing on freight logistics, energy and the environment, and skilled workforce certification programs. She directs NASCO with an aggressive, far reaching, cooperative approach to solving critical issues impacting the efficient, secure and sustainable movement of freight throughout North America.
Tiffany also serves on the U.S. Department of Commerce Advisory Council on Supply Chain Competitiveness and is the Chairman of the Trade Innovation Subcommittee, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security Advisory Council’s Border Infrastructure Task Force, the Manufacturing Skill Standards Council (MSSC) Leadership Council, the Eno Center for Transportation Freight Working Group (as the alternate representing Texas), the North Central Texas Council of Governments’ Regional Freight Advisory Committee, and the Bi-national Board of the U.S. Mexico Chamber of Commerce.
Tiffany is a graduate of The University of Texas at Austin, holding a BBA in International Business, with minors in Marketing and Spanish. She received her Juris Doctor degree from St. Mary’s University School of Law in San Antonio in 1995, and is a certified mediator and arbitrator.
Rachel Connell, Vice President of Membership & Events
Rachel has served as Director of Membership and Events at NASCO for over 11 years while implementing marketing initiatives, meetings and conferences, and collaborative projects to serve the members and increase the visibility and success of the organization.
She coordinates the planning, organization and development of multiple meetings throughout the United States, Canada and Mexico. She is responsible for the planning and programming of the annual NASCO Conference which rotates between the three nations of North America. Each conference involves leading public opinion leaders from the public and private sectors of North America. In addition, she organizes the NASCO Regional Competitiveness Summits, oversees website marketing and the non-profit’s various publications. In all efforts, she works collaboratively with her NASCO colleagues to execute programs that ensure NASCO continues to connect its members and partners to business opportunities across North America.
Rachel is a graduate of Texas Tech University in Lubbock, Texas, holding a Bachelor of Arts degree in Public Relations with a minor in Marketing.
Arielle Manresa-Nicholson, J.D., Director, Policy and Communications
Arielle joined the NASCO team in 2014 as the Communications and Policy Coordinator. As a second generation Hispano-American, her unique upbringing afforded her exposure to multicultural environments, which is the basis of her passion for international relations.
In her role, she works closely with our members to address and analyze the evolving compliance and logistical obstacles, with the purpose of effectuating meaningful and actionable solutions. She is committed to supporting NASCO’s initiatives in raising public awareness of the ever-growing need for a skilled workforce and reliable transportation and energy network.
Arielle is a Juris Doctor recipient from Barry University School of Law, in Orlando, Florida, where she has had the opportunity to work amongst some of the top litigators in Florida. In addition, she has several years of experience working in international logistics, providing a unique perspective to the challenges we face between our borders.
Francisco Martinez, Vice President, Mexico Relations
Francisco Martínez is NASCO´s representative in Mexico. He has been actively involved in NASCO´s activities in Mexico since 2006. Francisco is a native of Monterrey, Mexico and has a degree in Mechanical Engineering from Monterrey Tec. Francisco lived in Kansas City for 10 years where he obtained an MBA from Baker University and studied International Business at the University of Missouri in Kansas City.
His professional experience includes topics as varied as Quality Assurance, Production Planning and Management, International Procurement, International Logistics as well as Business Development in Latin America, The Caribbean, Africa, The Middle East and China. Francisco is the founder of two Companies in Monterrey: Alinea Consultores (A Collaborative Business Company) and Distribuidora de Insumos Estrategicos (An International trading company specialized in Industrial Consumables)
Jennifer Fox, Vice President, Canada Relations
Jennifer Fox is the newest addition to NASCO as Vice President, Canada Relations. Jennifer brings nearly fifteen years of industry experience in supply chain logistics and trade. Jennifer serves as NASCO’s Canadian point person spearheading the ongoing integration of Canadian business within the NASCO network.
Jennifer is a prominent vocal advocate for policies and recommendations to achieve a more efficient CA-US border. Working with stakeholder partners and CA-US officials Jennifer continues to work to raise awareness of, and bring pragmatism to, border and security issues impeding North American competitiveness. Jennifer’s experience has touched on all things border from the impact of shifting trade and tourism patterns to the commercial process of import, export, and transport of cargo, passengers and people. Jennifer’s knowledge goes beyond border programs such as FAST and AEO Trusted Trader programs, harmonization of North American requirements, pre-inspection and pre-clearance initiatives, infrastructure issues and border wait times, emergency management planning, and highly complex immigration, tax and cabotage law and extends to Canada’s role in international trade and the affect the CA-US relationship has on North America’s ability to compete globally.
Prior to starting with NASCO, Jennifer was Vice President Trade and Security for the Ontario Trucking Association and the Canadian Trucking Alliance, the respective provincial and national voice for Canadian private and for-hire trucking firms. Jennifer continues to work as the Director Regulatory Affairs for Ontario Motor Coach Association and Motor Coach Canada, the provincial and national voice of the motor coach industry.