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 - Elizabeth Bernhard

Elizabeth Bernhard is the Executive Director of the Manufacturing Growth Alliance. With a life-long passion for partnership engagement and service to others, Elizabeth has a wealth of experience in the non-profit and for-profit sectors ranging from higher education to business development and executive coaching. She has a Master of Arts in Communication from Western Michigan University and was honored as an “All-University Scholar” in 2009.  Elizabeth has demonstrated expertise in creating partnerships with business and industry and in fostering community collaborations with diverse stakeholders.


Elizabeth is a strategic and visionary leader with extensive experience supporting the workforce needs of Michigan’s most in-demand industries, including manufacturing, energy, healthcare, and construction. In a prior role at Kalamazoo Valley Community College, Elizabeth worked with the Advanced Manufacturing Career Consortium to create career academies in service of their entry-level talent needs; programs ranged from Computer Numerical Control, to Production Technician, and Warehouse Management and Inventory Control. She has successfully integrated her passions into her career, working with youth, veterans and justice-involved individuals from around the state to establish a pathway for their career success.  Elizabeth is coming to MGA from Youth Solutions, a subsidiary of Kinexus Group.