Laura Thompson, Senior Director of Strategic Projects

As the Partnership’s first-ever Senior Director of Strategic Projects, Laura will use her technical skills, collaborative nature and deep recycling background to explore projects within the film and flexible packaging space.

Since 1995, Laura has worked primarily in the pulp and paper industry in a wide variety of positions – from R&D to product development – including 12 years as Director of Sustainability for Sappi North America. In her role, Laura was Sappi’s point person for several industry-wide collaborative organizations, including The Recycling Partnership and the Sustainable Packaging Coalition.

Laura holds a degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of New Hampshire and an MS and PhD in paper science from the Institute of Paper Science and Technology. She serves as a judge for UNH’s Social Innovation Challenge and as a member of their Environmental Engineering Advisory Group. As a result of her volunteer sprit and accomplishments in various STEM roles, Laura was named as the 2018 Woman of Distinction by the Girl Scouts of Maine. Laura and her partner live in the Boston area.

Contact Laura to see if you can stump her with a paper manufacturing question, or if you want to share your thoughts on film recycling.

lthompson @

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