Luke Popovich is Vice President-Communications for the National Mining Association, the U.S. mining industry’s national trade group in Washington, D.C. He joined NMA in November 2003 following 27 years of public affairs work in Washington specializing in providing communications support for manufacturing industries. He was named by The Public Relations Chronicle as one of the nation’s outstanding public relations practitioners. A Chicago native, Popovich graduated from George Washington University in 1971 with a B.A. in Philosophy and completed two years on a doctoral degree in Political Philosophy at Georgetown University. He now lives in Washington, D.C.