Tiffany Melvin, J.D.


Tiffany has led NASCO for 27 of its 30 years – first as the Executive Director of NASCO, and then as its President.

Under her vision and leadership, and with the dedication of the NASCO Team, the organization has grown into a widely respected, tri-national coalition focusing on freight logistics, energy and the environment, and growing North America’s skilled workforce. She directs NASCO with an aggressive, far reaching, cooperative approach to solving critical issues impacting the efficient, secure and sustainable movement of freight throughout North America.

Tiffany serves on the Texas Department of Transportation’s Freight Advisory Committee, the North Central Texas Council of Governments’ Regional Freight Advisory Committee, the Central Texas Council of Governments’ Regional Freight Advisory Council, the Manufacturing Skill Standards Council (MSSC) Leadership Council, the Bi-national Board of Directors of the U.S. Mexico Chamber of Commerce, and is a founding Board member of the Canada Texas Chamber of Commerce. She previously served on the U.S. Department of Commerce Advisory Council on Supply Chain Competitiveness as the Chairman of its Innovation, Technology and Strategic Competitiveness Sub-committee and Co-Chairman of the NAFTA Task Force, as well as the U.S. Department of Homeland Security Advisory Council’s Border Infrastructure Task Force.

Tiffany is a graduate of The University of Texas at Austin, holding a BBA in International Business, with minors in Marketing and Spanish. She received her Juris Doctor degree from St. Mary’s University School of Law in San Antonio in 1995, and is a certified mediator and arbitrator.


Rachel Connell

Vice President

Rachel has been an integral part of NASCO since 2005, currently holding the position of Vice President. With a passion for fostering connections across North America, she collaborates closely with her NASCO colleagues to develop and implement programs that facilitate meaningful connections among members and partners, fostering business opportunities throughout the continent.

In her role as Vice President, Rachel oversees a wide range of responsibilities, spanning from operational management and advocacy to spearheading marketing campaigns and communications efforts. She meticulously plans and executes meetings, events, and collaborative projects, all aimed at serving NASCO's members and enhancing the organization's visibility and success. Notably, Rachel leads the coordination and programming efforts for the annual NASCO Reunion, a flagship event that rotates between the United States, Canada, and Mexico, drawing participation from prominent figures in both the public and private sectors across North America.

Rachel earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Public Relations with a minor in Marketing from Texas Tech University in Lubbock, Texas. Rachel resides in Dallas with her family, where she continues to make a positive impact in both her personal and professional spheres.


Francisco Martinez

Vice President, Mexico Relations

Francisco Martínez is NASCO´s representative in Mexico. He has been actively involved in NASCO´s activities in Mexico since 2006. Francisco is a native of Monterrey, Mexico and has a degree in Mechanical Engineering from Monterrey Tec. Francisco lived in Kansas City for 10 years where he obtained an MBA from Baker University and studied International Business at the University of Missouri in Kansas City.

His professional experience includes topics as varied as Quality Assurance, Production Planning and Management, International Procurement, International Logistics as well as Business Development in Latin America, The Caribbean, Africa, The Middle East and China. Francisco is the founder of two Companies in Monterrey: Alinea Consultores (A Collaborative Business Company) and Distribuidora de Insumos Estrategicos (An International trading company specialized in Industrial Consumables)