Big changes at advocacy organizations

Big changes at advocacy organizations

By Editorial Staff, Resource Recycling

Both the American Institute for Packaging and the Environment (AMERIPEN) and the U.S. Composting Council (USCC) announced new executive directors this week.

AMERIPEN yesterday named Donna Dempsey its new executive director, filling the role of Joan Pierce, who retired in February of this year. Dempsey, who starts the new job June 3, is coming to the packaging advocacy group from being a public affairs executive representing the plastics packaging industry. She was also the executive director SPI's film and bag division from 1999 to 2007.

"Donna brings more than fifteen years of experience to AMERIPEN, having demonstrated strong leadership, advocacy and communication skills in prior roles within the packaging industry," said AMERIPEN President Gail Tavill of ConAgra Foods, Inc. in a press release announcing the hire. "AMERIPEN's Executive Committee is very much looking forward to taking this organization to the next level, accelerating toward our goals and mission. We believe Donna will be a great asset in that endeavor."

The USCC also named a new executive director yesterday, tapping Lori Scozzafava, whose last industry position was with the Solid Waste Association of North America (SWANA), where she was the deputy executive director from 2004 to 2012. Scozzafava is replacing the outgoing director, Michael Virga, who is leaving to pursue other career opportunities.

"Lori's extensive industry and association management experience will help the USCC and its membership reach their goals and rise to a new level," said Lorrie Loder, president of the USCC in a press release.

"The timing is perfect to position organics management into national prominence as a major contributor to achieving recycling goals and environmental sustainability," said Scozzafava.

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