WASHINGTON – The American Forest & Paper Association (AF&PA) today announced the promotions of Elizabeth VanDersarl to Vice President for Strategy & Operations (formerly Interim Vice President for Government & Industry Affairs); Lindsay Murphy to Vice President of Strategic Communications (formerly Executive Director, Strategic Communications); and Terry Webber to Vice President of Industry Affairs (formerly Executive Director, Packaging).
“I am excited to announce the staff promotions of Elizabeth VanDersarl, Lindsay Murphy and Terry Webber,” said AF&PA President & CEO Heidi Brock. “These staff members are passionate in their pursuit of our member companies’ remarkable sustainability goals, Better Practices, Better Planet 2030: Sustainable Products for a Sustainable Future. Today, we recognize their significant contributions made to AF&PA and the paper and wood products industry. I look forward to their continued leadership and congratulate them on their success.”
In her new role as Vice President for Strategy & Operations, VanDersarl will be responsible for providing strategic guidance for the goals of the association and overseeing human resources, facilities, meetings, information technology and some finance functions at AF&PA. VanDersarl joined AF&PA in 2005 and has held numerous positions, including Vice President of Government Affairs. Prior to joining the association, she helped lead the development of regulatory policy and White House review of regulations at the Office of Management & Budget. Her areas of focus included homeland security, transportation, labor, housing and health. VanDersarl also served as Counsel to Ranking Senator Fred Thompson (R -TN), on the Senate Committee on Governmental Affairs. Her first job in Washington, D.C. was with political pollster and pundit Frank Luntz. Before arriving to the nation’s capital, she was an Assistant State’s Attorney in Illinois. VanDersarl holds an undergraduate degree from Saint Mary’s College, Notre Dame, Indiana and a law degree from the University of Notre Dame. She resides in Maryland with her husband and son.
AF&PA has also promoted Murphy to Vice President of Strategic Communications. In her new role, she will be responsible for crafting and executing complex strategic communications plans on notable public policy issues. Murphy joined AF&PA in January 2019. She has led the modernization of digital assets to advance legislative and policy goals and addressed a wide variety of communications challenges – advancing issues, garnering publicity and negotiating crowded message environments. Having begun her career on Capitol Hill, Murphy previously held positions at various nonprofit, health trade associations and public affairs firms directing strategy and outreach. An Arkansas native, she holds a master’s degree in Strategic Public Relations from The George Washington University and currently serves as a National Press Club Communicator Board of Governor. Lindsay resides in Virginia with her husband and four children.
Finally, Webber has been promoted to Vice President of Industry Affairs. In his new role, he will be responsible for maintaining synergy with government affairs, ensuring robust and integrated marketplace strategies across the sectors, and identifying new engagement opportunities for AF&PA Industry Statistics. He joined AF&PA in 2011 and has worked in various roles in government and industry affairs. Prior to joining AF&PA, Webber was a postgraduate legal fellow for the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights at the U.S. Department of Agriculture and a legal extern for the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission Enforcement Division and the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Central District of California. He also has an extensive background in Oregon politics, as campaign staff for former NBA Player Chris Dudley’s 2010 run for Oregon Governor and as senior staff for the state House Republican Caucus. Webber holds an undergraduate degree from Northwestern University and a law degree from the University of Southern California, where he was on the Southern California Law Review. He is a member of the State Bars of California and Oregon. He resides in the Portland, Oregon area with his wife and son.
These three staff members promoted to Vice President join Jan Poling, Vice President, General Counsel & Corporate Secretary, Eric Steiner, Vice President of Government Affairs and Paul Noe, Vice President of Public Policy.
The American Forest & Paper Association (AF&PA) serves to advance U.S. paper and wood products manufacturers through fact-based public policy and marketplace advocacy. The forest products industry is circular by nature. AF&PA member companies make essential products from renewable and recycle resources, generate renewable bioenergy and are committed to continuous improvement through the industry’s sustainability initiative—Better Practices, Better Planet 2030: Sustainable Products for a Sustainable Future. The forest products industry accounts for approximately four percent of the total U.S. manufacturing GDP, manufactures nearly $300 billion in products annually and employs approximately 950,000 people. The industry meets a payroll of approximately $60 billion annually and is among the top 10 manufacturing sector employers in 45 states. Visit AF&PA online at afandpa.org or follow us on Twitter @ForestandPaper.