“The Recycling Partnership has the best combination of on-the-ground experience, expertise, and partners to lead recycling programs in the U.S. toward a more circular economy.“
– David Clark, Vice President of Sustainability, Amcor, Chair of The Recycling Partnership Board of Directors
Meet Our Board of Directors
President and CEO, Association of Plastic Recyclers
Chair of the Finance Committee
Member of the Board since 2017. Mr. Alexander is President and Chief Executive Officer of the Association of Plastic Recyclers (APR), a trade association whose members represent more than 95% of the processing capacity for postconsumer plastics in North America. APR serves the plastics recycling industry by providing technical and educational solutions with a goal of creating a robust supply of materials for recycling and enhancing the quality of the existing supply stream.
Director of Sustainability, Ball Corporation
Member of the Board since May 2021. Ms. Axelrod currently leads sustainability initiatives in North and Central America for Ball Packaging, where she is focused on creating and promoting a commercial and regulatory environment in which the company can support its customers’ sustainability goals, drive efforts around real recycling and the circular economy at scale, and ultimately utilize its market position to create systemic change to improve the recycling system. Ms. Axelrod previously led marketing and innovation for the sustainability team at Land O’Lakes Inc. and was a founding member of the Food & Agriculture team at the Glover Park Group, a leading public affairs firm in Washington, D.C. She holds an MBA from The University of Texas at Austin and a Bachelor of Arts from The George Washington University.
Principal of Packaging, Target
Chair Emeritus, Executive Committee Member-at-Large
Member of the Board since 2016 and Chairwoman of the Board from 2019-2021. As the Principal of Target's Packaging Team, Ms. Carswell oversees the development of the structural packaging for Target’s brands in food, essentials and beauty. With nearly 25 years of leading packaging engineering, Ms. Carswell drives positive change industry wide to improve sustainability and lighten packaging’s footprint on this planet.
Vice President of Sustainability, Amcor
Chairman of the Board
Member of the Board since May 2020 and elected Chair in June 2021. Mr. Clark is the Vice President of Sustainability at Amcor where he works closely with the global packaging company’s research and innovation to integrate sustainable design and social responsibility into Amcor’s product development and innovation processes. Mr. Clark is active in Amcor’s global sustainability partnerships and leads the company’s effort to achieve its Global Commitment to develop all of its packaging to be recyclable or reusable by 2025, to increase the use of recycled content, and collaborate to drive up rates of recycling around the world.
Vice President of Sustainability, American Beverage Association
Member of the Board since 2015 and Chairman of the Board from 2015-2017. Ms. Daum is the Vice President of Sustainability at the American Beverage Association (ABA), where she oversees the industry’s sustainability programs and activities, including its Every Bottle Back program and increasing the collection of aluminum cans and plastic bottles for recycling. Prior to joining ABA, Ms. Daum was the Vice President of Sustainability at the Can Manufacturers Institute (CMI), where she headed the metal packaging sustainability program for 13 years. Ms. Daum has sat on various U.S. and international committees regarding recycling standards and education and has had the privilege to work in various roles around the supply chain and with its many driving materials.
President, Glass Packaging Institute
Chair of the Community Engagement Committee
Member of the Board since May 2020. Mr. DeFife is President of the Glass Packaging Institute, a trade association representing the North American glass container industry, and the Glass Recycling Foundation. Mr. DeFife previously served as the Vice President of Government Affairs at the Plastics Industry Association, the Executive Vice President of Policy and Government Affairs for the National Restaurant Association, as well as senior roles with the Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association and the American Public Power Association. Mr. DeFife also worked 12 years in the House of Representatives Congressional Leadership for House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, and for Members of the Energy and Commerce Committee, as well as for the State of Texas under Governor Ann Richards and the National Conference of State Legislatures. Mr. DeFife’s experience at several levels of government and across several different industries and materials gives him a broad policy and systems perspective to support the national recycling infrastructure and education.
President of Packaging & Specialty Plastics, Dow
Member of the Board since May 2021. Diego Donoso is an accomplished senior executive that has spent the majority of his 30 year Dow career aligned to the company’s plastics franchise. He currently serves as President of Packaging and Specialty Plastics (P&SP), the largest business unit in Dow. Under Donoso’s leadership, the business has accelerated its strategy to build a circular economy for plastics. By innovating new products and technologies, dedicating expert resources, and forming partnerships with organizations like The Recycling Partnership; The Alliance to End Plastic Waste; Circulate Capital; the Closed Loop Fund and many others, Dow P&SP is a leading industry voice on the need for recycling solutions that will help keep plastics waste out of the environment. Sponsored initiatives include the Hefty EnergyBag waste collection program; #pullingourweight waste clean-up effort; regional educational programs such as MASARO in Indonesia and Project Butterfly in Kenya; as well as advancing recycling technology with partners like Lucro in India and Mura Technology in Europe. Fluent in Spanish, Portuguese, Italian and English, Donoso has completed leadership programs with the Thunderbird School in Phoenix, Arizona; INSEAD Global Leadership Center in Fontainebleau, France; and IMD in Lausanne, Switzerland.
Vice President of Sustainability, Berry Global
Chair of the Audit Committee
Member of the Board since May 2021. Mr. Flores is the Vice President of Sustainability at Berry Global. He is leading the Company’s efforts to achieve their ambitious Impact 2025 sustainability strategy. This strategy includes 100% of the fast-moving consumer goods packaging Berry produces to be reusable, recyclable, or compostable and have an average of 10% recycled content by 2025. Mr. Flores works with many other global sustainability leaders as part of the Ellen MacArthur Foundation New Plastics Economy working group and the Alliance to End Plastic Waste. As a long-time recycling advocate, he has been an active member of the Association of Plastic Recyclers since 2009, and has subsequently worked with several other local, national, and global organizations to foster a circular economy, such as the Recycling Partnership!
Executive Director of Recovered Fiber, American Forest & Paper Association
Member of the Board since May 2020. Mr. Hawkinson is Executive Director of Recovered Fiber at the American Forest & Paper Association (AF&PA). Prior to joining AF&PA in 2010, Mr. Hawkinson served as Director of Management Consulting at the Public Affairs Council, where he provided strategic advice to improve efficiency, measure impact and adapt effective practices in corporate public affairs operations. Mr. Hawkinson also served as Director of National Corporate Relations at the United Way of America, the national association of local United Way organizations. Mr. Hawkinson has worked across the recycling industry to shape policy that affects all recyclable materials, most recently providing guidance in crafting the RECYCLE Act. He is a former adjunct faculty member of the Graduate School of Political Management at The George Washington University.
ITQ Director of Packaging, General Mills
Member of the Board since July 2021. During his 20-year career at General Mills, Mr. Hemink has worked within Packaging R&D across multiple categories and led teams of packaging professionals around the world. In 2013, Mr. Hemink’s leadership expanded to include all aspects of Research, Development, and Quality for the Latin America region. From 2017 through 2020, he led the R&D teams for Old El Paso, Totino’s, and Kitano on 4 continents. In 2018, Mr. Hemink also began leading the internal packaging community including team members from multiple functions. As a community, they built new strategies for talent onboarding, built critical capabilities, and partnered with Global Sustainability leadership to create their Packaging Recyclability Ambition. In January 2021, Mr. Hemink was named as Director of Packaging for RD&Q that includes accountability for Packaging Recyclability. Prior to joining General Mills, Mr. Hemink spent several years at P&G in Manufacturing and Logistics roles.
Senior Manager, Environmental Sustainability, PepsiCo
Tom is an environmental sustainability enthusiast in his personal life and has been a longtime champion of the circular economy during his 20-year career at PepsiCo. He began as a packaging engineer with PepsiCo’s Quaker Oats business and then took on roles in beverage supply chain innovation and capital project management. In that capacity, he led Naked Juice’s transition to 100% recycled PET bottles before moving into a dedicated sustainability role in 2012. Since then, he has been laser-focused on identifying barriers to recycling in the U.S. and developing creative solutions to overcome them. As a leader of the PepsiCo Recycling brand, Tom has piloted, launched and expanded major programs and resources that empower individuals to recycle more conveniently and consistently. He loves translating consumer insights into inspirational and educational programs while also leveraging his technical background to analyze and craft solutions for infrastructural challenges.
Vice President, Global Sustainability, Citizenship and Communications, Procter & Gamble Beauty
Member of the Board since May 2021. Ms. Marsh serves as Vice President of Global Sustainability, Citizenship, and Brand Communications for P&G’s iconic skin care and personal care brands including Olay®, Safeguard®, Old Spice®, and Secret® reaching over a billion consumers in 100+ countries. She was appointed Sustainability and Citizenship leader shortly after being named Communications leader to improve the environmental and social impact of P&G’s skin and personal care brands. In this role, she led a multi-functional team of dedicated and passionate employees committed to responsible beauty practices across packaging, ingredients, supply chain, and community development. With 20+ years of experience leading communications and partnerships for P&G’s brands, she thrives on finding common ground, new ideas, and strategic connections that deliver results. Ms. Marsh is most proud of the work that demonstrates environmental and social responsibility are good for business. During her time in this role, Olay announced its ambition to boost the number of multicultural women in STEM careers, Old Spice has committed to a 10-year program to help increase high school graduation rates among young men, and Secret Deodorant has elevated the issue of pay inequality among men and women and is partnering with several organizations to help level the playing field. In 2009, she was named 40 Under 40 by the national trade magazine PR Week. Most recently, Ms. Marsh was named one of PR News’ 2019 Top Women in PR and The Network Journal’s 2019 Top 25 Most Influential Women in Business.
Chief Sustainability Officer, Keurig Dr Pepper
Member of the Board since 2018, and Vice Chair since 2020. As the Chief Sustainability Officer at Keurig Dr Pepper (KDP), Ms. Oxender leads the company’s efforts to make a positive impact in the places we work and live. She joined KDP in 2012 and has navigated a path for integrated sustainability management throughout the company. This journey travels directly through the intersection of world benefit and business value, informed by meaningful internal and external stakeholder engagement. Prior to joining KDP, Ms. Oxender designed and led a comprehensive sustainability program for Ford Motor Company’s $65 billion global supply chain across 60 countries. With a background in secondary education and sustainability, Ms. Oxender holds an MBA and an MS from the University of Michigan.
VP & General Manager, Sustainability, The Coca-Cola Company
Chair of the Circular Economy Committee
Member of the Board since May 2021. Ms. Sutaria is the Vice President and General Manger of Sustainability for The Coca-Cola Company’s largest Operating Unit. She leads efforts to make progress against the company’s ambitious growth agenda and World Without Waste, Water, Energy & Carbon Sustainability objectives, including efforts to reduce packaging waste, increase water sustainability and improve carbon footprint. Ms. Sutaria has a total business perspective and leadership approach, honed over a 30-year career through experiences in Supply Chain & Manufacturing, Consulting, Revenue Growth Management, Finance, Strategy, Marketing, Human Resources & PACS. She is passionate about creating sustainable business growth and fostering an inclusive working culture. Prior to joining Coca-Cola, Ms. Sutaria worked at Deloitte Consulting and Procter & Gamble. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Operations Research and Industrial Engineering from Cornell University and an MBA from the Goizueta Business School, Emory University.
President, Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries
Member of the Board since May 2021. Ms. Wiener leads the Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries, Inc. (ISRI), which represents approximately 1,300 private, for-profit companies in 41 countries around the world that process, broker & consume scrap metal, paper, plastics, glass, textiles, rubber and electronics. She joined ISRI in 1989, directing the environmental compliance activities for the association and became President in 1997. Ms. Wiener currently serves on the Boards of Sustainable Electronics Recycling International (SERI), Keep America Beautiful (KAB) and Jason Learning. She is a Past Chair of NAM’s Council of Manufacturing Associations and is a member of the Key Industry Associations Committee (KIAC) of ASAE. Ms. Wiener earned a J.D. degree cum laude (Georgetown University Law Center), her B.S.E. degree in chemical engineering (University of Pennsylvania), and is co-author of the RCRA Compliance & Enforcement Manual (Shepard’s McGraw-Hill, 1994) as part of its Environmental Law Series.