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Heidi Brock, President and CEO

Heidi Brock

As President and CEO of the American Forest & Paper Association (AF&PA), Heidi Brock serves as the chief advocate for the pulp, paper, packaging and wood products manufacturing sector – an industry,

which accounts for approximately four percent of the total U.S. manufacturing GDP, manufactures nearly $300 billion in products annually and employs approximately 950,000 men and women.

Prior to joining AF&PA, Brock served as President and CEO of the Aluminum Association from 2011- 2019. In her role, Brock raised the industry’s profile, set new membership records, helped to grow the Congressional Aluminum Caucus and led the charge in two significant – and successful – trade enforcement cases. Brock has been featured in the pages of The Wall Street Journal, The Economist and The New York Times as well as on CNBC, Fox Business, NPR and many others. 

Before joining the Aluminum Association, Brock served as Vice-President of Federal and International Affairs for Weyerhaeuser, where she was an active member on AF&PA committees. During Brock’s 18 years at Weyerhaeuser, she worked as vice-president for e-business, director of strategic planning and manager for government affairs. Brock also served on the staffs of former U.S. Senators Dan Evans and Slade Gorton.

Brock sits on the University of Puget Sound Board of Trustees, the American Society of Association Executives (ASAE) and ASAE Foundation Boards of Directors, the U.S. Chamber’s Committee of 100 as well as the Board for DC Central Kitchen. In 2018, she was awarded the CMA Leadership Award to recognize her work to promote sustainability and manufacturing while chairing the National Association of Manufacturers’ (NAM) Council of Manufacturing Associations. In addition, she is a past board member of the Carlton Club and an active fellow of the US-Japan Leadership Program.

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

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.

Jan Poling serves as American Forest & Paper Association (AF&PA) Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary, having joined the association in September of 2007. She 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 joining AF&PA, Poling served as Associate General Counsel for Natural Resources in the U.S. Department of Agriculture, where she managed legal issues for 175 national forests and grasslands and supervised more than 60 attorneys working on conservation and natural resource issues in 11 offices around the country. She also previously served as an attorney in the U.S. Department of the Interior’s Office of the Solicitor and Office of Congressional and Legislative Affairs and as an Alabama Assistant Attorney General.

Born in Birmingham, Alabama, Poling received her Juris Doctorate from the University of Alabama School of Law and her Bachelor of Arts degree from Auburn University.

AF&PA Staff

Riki Abellano, Associate, Office Services

Paul Allworth, Manager, Statistical Programs

Neriza Ambat, Senior Accountant

Christine Amoonarquah, Special Assistant to the President

Kyle Ange, Executive Director, Finance and Technology

Lauren Blandford-Clark, Manager, Human Resources

Kory Bockman, Executive Director, Statistical Programs

Jeff Bradley, Manager, Forestry & Wood Products Policy

Agustin Cabrera-Sopo, Coordinator, Government and Industry Affairs

Clara Cozort, Coordinator, Communications

Sandra Cruz, Lead Associate, Office Services

Tim Ebner, Director, Communications and Press Secretary

Elizabeth Freeman, Accounting Clerk

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

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

Lindsay Murphy, Executive Director, Strategic Communications

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

Laura Seidman, Manager, Environmental Policy

Kevin Shepherd, Director, Network Administration

Kathy Smith, Senior Manager, Meetings & Membership Services

Matt Smithhisler, Coordinator, Government and Industry Affairs

Fara Sonderling, Manager, Government Affairs

Marvella Stewart, Receptionist

Abigail Sztein, Director, Government Affairs

Jamie Tiralla, Manager, Communications

Andrew Topps, Assistant General Counsel

Susan Van Eaton, Director, Meetings

Elizabeth VanDersarl, Executive Director, Strategy and Administration

Terry Webber, Executive Director, Packaging

Katherine Widman, Senior Coordinator, Government and Industry Affairs

Mitko Yordanov, Director, Statistical Programs

Kathy Zelaya, Manager, Legal and Office Services