About MGA

The Manufacturing Growth Alliance (MGA) is a membership-based organization that provides services to help manufacturers build smart, lead strong, and establish a pathway for future growth. Our services drive solutions that will make manufacturing in Michigan the most competitive and prosperous in the nation.

We serve all sectors of manufacturing, including but not limited to food, plastics, automotive, beverage, electronics, etc. Our team is committed to listening and building the right level of services to help small manufacturers with internal operations and growth strategies.

Executive Director - Jennifer Deamud

Jennifer M. Deamud is the Executive Director of the Manufacturing Growth Alliance. Deamud is an accomplished authentic and humble executive with over twenty years’ experience leading teams, establishing strategic direction and achieving operational excellence. Respected for helping organizations innovate, thrive and grow. Known for optimizing resources to achieve core mission while satisfying stakeholders. Well-known throughout Michigan and nation as a forward-thinking leader who has a passion to serve.


Deamud earned a master’s degree in Public Administration and a second master’s degree in Communications from Grand Valley State University (GSVU). She has participated on a number of national, state and community boards including the America’s SBDC Board, America’s SBDC Accreditation Committee, Michigan ATHENA Board, Michigan Main Street Council, Grand Rapids Chamber’s ATHENA Council, Woman’s Resource Center Board and Vice President of the Byron Days Festival Board. Deamud also spends time as a Girl Scout troop leader and as a mentor to women exiting jail.


Deamud has received recognition for her leadership and community involvement throughout her career including being selected as one of the 50 Most Influential Women in West Michigan, YWCA Tribute Award for Community Service, Grand Rapids Business Journal’s “40 Under Forty” award, the LeAnne Moss Service award from Grand Rapids Opportunities for Women and the National Association of Small Business Development Center’s Michigan State Star Award.