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Donovan Griffith joined the Illinois Manufacturers’ Association as the Director of Government Affairs in early 2018 and was promoted to Vice President of Government Affairs in 2023. In this position, Donovan serves as the chief lobbyist for the IMA and manages the Association’s legislative agenda. In addition, he oversees various committees including the Government Affairs Group and Manufacturers Environmental Group. He runs the legislative outreach program connecting manufacturers with lawmakers and helps administer the Manufacturers Political Action Committee.

Donovan has more than 15 years of experience working in and around state government for both the private and public sector. Previous to joining the IMA, Donovan served as the Deputy Director of the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency, held the position of Senior House Liaison under Governor Rauner and has advocated for state and national membership-driven organizations. Donovan is from Galesburg, Illinois, and went to Knox College where he earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science. Donovan is married with two children.