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American Chemistry Council Names New Chief Economist, Senior Director

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Martha Moore to Lead Department, Keith Belton to Provide Legislative and Regulatory Analysis

The American Chemistry Council (ACC), the nation’s largest trade association representing the leading companies engaged in the business of chemistry, announced that Martha Moore has been promoted to chief economist and managing director, and Keith Belton, Ph.D. has been hired as senior director, policy analysis and statistics. The staff changes follow the retirement of Dr. T. Kevin Swift after 30 years of service.

Moore has worked on chemical industry issues for more than two decades and is an authority on the market dynamics for chemistry and its end-use customer industries. She holds a master’s degree in economics from Indiana University and is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She is a member of the National Association for Business Economics and the U.S. Association for Energy Economics. Moore previously served as ACC’s senior director of policy analysis & statistics. In her new role, she will lead economic analyses related to markets, energy, trade, and tax; monitor business conditions and industry dynamics; and oversee a broad range of economic, statistical, and technical advice and services for ACC, its members and partners.

Dr. Belton brings extensive experience as an economist and in government affairs in a variety of settings. Most recently, he led the Manufacturing Policy Initiative at Indiana University, where his work focused on the intersection of public policy and US manufacturing competitiveness. He has served as an economist in the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (OIRA) at the White House Office of Management and Budget and as a director of government affairs at Dow. In his new role, he will analyze the impacts of policy proposals and energy trends on the chemical industry and the US economy. He will also direct research on the economic contributions of the business of chemistry and benefits to consumers. 

“American chemistry provides more than half a million high-paying jobs, supports a vast supply chain, and creates economic activity in the communities where facilities are located,” said Moore. “I look forward to leading the Council’s production of data, reports, guides, and analyses that our stakeholders have come to rely upon. I’m very pleased that Keith has joined our team, which will strengthen our ability to analyze the business and economic impacts of new and proposed policies.”

“I am grateful for the opportunity to contribute value across the entire ACC organization,” said Dr. Belton.

“Our economics and statistics department has a well-earned reputation for providing top-notch research, analysis, and advice that benefit our members and staff every day,” said ACC President and CEO Chris Jahn. “I’m glad to be able to work with Martha and Keith in their new positions as we examine the ever-evolving dynamics of our industry and the US and global economies.”

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