Tiana Lightfoot Svendsen, Program Manager, Strategic Initiatives and Communications

For more than a decade, Tiana created and managed recycling programs and environmental outreach campaigns for academic, medical, and government organizations.

Throughout her career, she has propelled cross-functional teams to reach their goals and balance the triple bottom line. Tiana brings her boundless passion for sustainability and a multifaceted approach to communication to the U.S. Plastics Pact’s team.

Why I Care About Recycling and a Circular Economy

“There is no Planet B. At least not one with pizza and chocolate. I am honored to work with diverse stakeholders and partners to find solutions which improve recycling and lengthen and close the loop on materials to ensure a healthy and prosperous future for generations to come.”

Personal Passions and Interests

When she is not helping advance a circular economy for plastics, Tiana and her family can be found on litter clean-up walks around the lake or having impromptu dance parties in their living room.


  • LEED AP: BD+C & O+M
  • Certified Practitioner of Zero Waste Practices and Principles
  • B.A. & M.A. from Southern Methodist University