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Heidi Brock, President and CEO

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Heidi Brock

As President and CEO of the American Forest & Paper Association (AF&PA), Heidi Brock serves as the chief advocate for paper and wood products manufacturers. AF&PA member companies make essential products from renewable and recyclable 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.

Brock joined AF&PA in 2019, establishing a strategic vision for the organization that has strengthened AF&PA’s advocacy mission and increased membership. Brock guided AF&PA throughout the COVID-19 pandemic with a steadfast focus on workplace safety and ensuring manufacturers can continue to deliver essential products. Under Brock’s leadership, AF&PA launched an award-winning website and earned two ASAE Silver Awards for communications efforts. In 2022, Brock was named one of Washington’s 500 Most Influential People by Washingtonian Magazine.

Brock serves as the Vice President of the International Council of Forest & Paper Associations (ICFPA) and Secretary-Treasurer of the American Society of Association Executives (ASAE) and ASAE Research Foundation Boards of Directors. She is a member of the Advisory Committee on Sustainable Forest-based Industries (ACSFI) and serves on the National Association of Manufacturers’ (NAM) Council of Manufacturing Associations (CMA) Board of Advisors. She sits on the University of Puget Sound Board of Trustees, the Bryce Harlow Foundation Board of Directors, the U.S. Chamber’s Committee of 100, and the DC Central Kitchen Board of Directors. She is also an active fellow of the US-Japan Leadership Program. In 2018, Brock was awarded the CMA Leadership Award to recognize her work to promote sustainability and manufacturing.

Prior to joining AF&PA, Brock served as President and CEO of the Aluminum Association from 2011-2019, where she led two significant and successful trade enforcement cases for the aluminum industry, while also achieving record membership levels. Brock previously served in various roles during an 18-year tenure at Weyerhaeuser, including Vice-President of Federal and International Affairs. She also served on the staffs of former U.S. Senators Dan Evans and Slade Gorton.

Brock received a bachelor’s degree in English literature and economics from the University of Puget Sound and a master’s degree in business administration from Georgetown University. She is married to the Reverend Charles Brock and they have a son, Samuel.

Senior Leadership

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Lindsay Murphy

Lindsay Murphy serves as American Forest & Paper Association Vice President of Strategic Communications. Murphy is 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.

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Paul Noe

Paul Noe serves as American Forest & Paper Association Vice President of Public Policy. Noe has extensive regulatory, legislative and technical experience, including in environmental regulation, regulatory reform, renewable energy, biomass carbon neutrality, chemicals and product stewardship, workplace health and safety and sustainability.

He previously served as the Vice President of Regulatory Affairs at the Grocery Manufacturers Association. Noe also has broad experience in public service, including as Counselor to the Administrator in the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, Office of Management and Budget (2001-2006), where he helped to lead the development of regulatory policy and White House review of regulations in the administration of George W. Bush.

He previously served as Senior Counsel to the U.S. Senate Committee on Governmental Affairs under Chairmen Fred Thompson, Ted Stevens and Bill Roth (1995-2001), where his work focused on reforming the regulatory process. He also has been a lawyer in private practice, most recently as a partner with C&M Capitolink LLC, as well as counsel in Crowell & Moring’s Environment and Natural Resources Group.

He currently serves as the co-chair of the Legislation Committee in the American Bar Association’s Section of Administrative Law and Regulatory Practice, where he co-chaired the work group that produced Improving the Administrative Process: A Report to the President-Elect (2016). Noe recently co-authored a book chapter, “Beyond Process Excellence: Enhancing Societal Well-Being,” published in Achieving Regulatory Excellence by Brookings Institution Press. In the spring of 2016, he served as a policy fellow at the University of Pennsylvania Law School, where he offered lectures in environmental law, legislation, advanced regulatory policy and administrative law. He has written numerous blogs and articles promoting regulatory reform, including benefit-cost analysis Bringing Accountability to Regulation: Doing More Good than Harm and good guidance practices Shining the Light on Regulatory Dark Matter: Due Process and Management for Agency Guidance Document.

Noe is a graduate of The Georgetown University Law Center, where he was a John M. Olin fellow in law and economics and an editor on the law journal.

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Eric Steiner

Eric Steiner serves as American Forest & Paper Association Vice President of Government Affairs. Steiner leads the paper and wood products industry’s legislative agenda and drives advocacy efforts before Congress, the Administration, and key state governments.

Prior to AF&PA, Steiner worked in Government Affairs for Elanco Animal Health and Kraft Foods, served as senior professional staff for the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry, served as a senior executive political appointee at USDA, helped lead government affairs for the National Association of Wheat Growers, worked as a law clerk at the U.S. Election Assistance Commission, and served as a Bill Emerson National Hunger Fellow with the Congressional Hunger Center.

Steiner earned a Bachelor of Science in Agricultural Education from Purdue University, a Juris Doctor from the George Mason University School of Law, and a Certificate of Management Excellence from the Harvard Business School. He lives in Virginia with his wife and their two children, serves on the Congressional Hunger Center Board of Directors, and freelances as a portrait, family, and wildlife photographer.

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Andrew Topps

Andrew Topps serves as American Forest & Paper Association (AF&PA) Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary, having joined the association in 2010. He is responsible for the association’s legal affairs and governance issues and provides overall direction for the association as a member of the Senior Leadership Team.

Prior to serving as Vice President, Topps served as Deputy General Counsel at AF&PA. During his time at AF&PA, he has helped formulate and implement AF&PA’s approach to various issues, including antitrust compliance, key environmental issues, employment law, lobbying guidance and corporate compliance.  

In addition to his legal work, his facilitation of AF&PA’s Diversity Equity Inclusion & Belonging (DEI&B) Team has enhanced AF&PA’s respectful work environment and strengthened the organization.   

Topps’ prior experience includes nine years representing private law firm clients in federal and state agency antitrust investigations and litigation. Early in his legal career, Topps also spent nearly three years with the Federal Trade Commission.  He holds a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Virginia where he studied Economics and Government and International Relations. Topps received his Juris Doctorate from the Georgetown University Law Center and is licensed to practice law in Washington, D.C. and Maryland.

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Elizabeth VanDersarl

Elizabeth VanDersarl serves as American Forest & Paper Association Vice President of Strategy & Operations. VanDersarl is 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.

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Terry Webber

Terry Webber serves as American Forest & Paper Association Vice President of Industry Affairs. Webber is 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.

AF&PA Staff

Riki Abellano, Associate, Office Services

Paul Allworth, Manager, Statistical Programs

Neriza Ambat, Senior Accountant

Christine Amoonarquah, Special Assistant to the President

Lauren Blandford-Clark, Manager, Human Resources

Kory Bockman, Executive Director, Statistical Programs

James Bond, Coordinator, Government Affairs

Jeff Bradley, Manager, Forestry & Wood Products Policy

Clara Cozort, Content Manager and Deputy Press Secretary

Sandra Cruz, Lead Associate, Office Services

Tim Ebner, Director, Communications and Press Secretary

Elizabeth Freeman, Accounting Clerk

Lidija Flaska, Executive Director, Finance

Erin Hall, Manager, Government Affairs

Brian Hawkinson, Executive Director, Recovered Fiber

Karen Hibdon, Director, Statistical Programs

Stewart Holm, Chief Scientist

Stacey Holst, Director, Human Resources

Katherine Homra, Senior Coordinator, Legal and Public Policy

Tim Hunt, Senior Director, Air Quality Programs

Gary Jamgotchian, Coordinator, Industry Affairs

Scott Jean, Manager, Purchasing and Facilities

Ram Krishnan, Manager, Web Development

Stan Lancey, Chief Economist

Julie Landry, Director, Government Affairs

Sandy Lee, Coordinator, Public Policy

Jesse Levine, Senior Director, Energy and Environmental Policy

Sundar Mahadevan, Director, Statistics and Policy Research

Stacie Manger, Director, Digital Communications

Gabriell Maupin, Manager, Industry Affairs

Elizabeth Olds, Manager, Government Affairs 

Sejal Patel, Manager Statistics, Senior Developer

Laura Pickard, Director, Government Affairs and International Trade

Mark Pitts, Executive Director, Printing-Writing, Pulp and Tissue

Radu Ramniceanu, Manager, Statistical Programs

Jeff Rhodes, Senior Manager, Network Administration

David Ross, Manager, Government Affairs

Laura Seidman, Manager, Environmental Policy

Kathy Smith, Senior Manager, Meetings & Membership Services

Matt Smithhisler, Manager, Industry Affairs

Fara Sonderling, Manager, Government Affairs

Marvella Stewart, Receptionist

Abigail Sztein, Director, Government Affairs

Jamie Tiralla, Director, Strategic Communications

Bonita Thomas, Coordinator, Office of the President

Susan Van Eaton, Director, Meetings

Katherine Widman, Manager, PAC and Grassroots

Mitko Yordanov, Director, Statistical Programs

Kathy Zelaya, Manager, Legal and Office Services