The AMBayArea Administration is responsible for the execution of the organization's objectives.


James Gardner, Executive Director

James Gardner, Ph.D., serves as Executive Director for the Association of Manufacturers Bay Area (AMBayArea), having successfully shepherded this new trade association to sustainability for productive collaboration within the Bay Area manufacturing sector and stake holders across the region. Gardner received his doctorate in biochemistry and has a passion for process and teamwork. His twenty years in basic research and biotech product development and manufacturing placed him in a wide variety of situations, from startup ventures to large companies to high visibility national laboratory projects. 


Shannon Banta, Communications & Events

Shannon Banta manages communications and events for the Association of Manufacturers Bay Area (AMBayArea). Banta received her Bachelor of Arts degree in communication and public relations. She has more than 15 years of experience in public relations, including event management, print and online communications, media relations and community relations. She works with businesses in a variety of industries, including manufacturing.