Gus Edwards, NSSGA’s executive vice president since 2008, has been elected by the Board of Directors to succeed Joy Pinniger as the association’s president and CEO upon her retirement Nov. 2.
Edwards began his service with the National Stone Association in 1997 as vice president for public affairs. After the merger of NSA and the National Aggregates Association in 2000, he continued as vice president for communications and community relations until his appointment as executive vice president.
Prior to joining NSA, Edwards was vice president for environment, health and safety with The Jefferson Group, a Washington, D.C., consulting firm. He had previously served as U.S. deputy assistant secretary of commerce for oceans and atmosphere and deputy assistant administrator for external affairs at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Those appointments were preceded by 12 years working on Capitol Hill as chief of staff to a member of the U.S. House of Representatives and a U.S. senator. Before moving to Capitol Hill, Edwards was a newspaper reporter in Virginia. He was educated at the Virginia Military Institute, the George Washington University and Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government.
Edwards and his wife, Anne, are the parents of two daughters and reside in Alexandria, Va.