MAY 2012

Kneiss named as new CEO of EIA

Sharon H. Kneiss has been selected as the new president and CEO of the Environmental Industry Associations (EIA), following the retirement of Bruce Parker, who will be stepping down later this year after 30 years of service to the industry.

The selection of Kneiss follows an extensive executive search of candidates to lead the trade association that represents the private-sector solid waste services industry and its two sub-associations, the National Solid Waste Management Association and the Waste Equipment Technology Association.

Kneiss, who received a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry from the University of Scranton and a Master of Business Administration from the University of Pittsburgh, has more than 30 years of business, management and advocacy experience relating to environmental policy at the federal and state levels.

She served as vice president, products division with the American Chemistry Council (ACC). In this role, she managed a 50 person staff and was responsible for the division’s vision and strategy, product promotion, state and local advocacy, research and policy development and membership recruitment. She also served as a public spokesperson on critical issues before Congress and high-profile media.

Previously to ACC, Kneiss served in a management capacity at the American Forest & Paper Association, and policy advocacy roles at Chevron Corporation, Hercules Inc. and the American Petroleum Institute. Through that collective experience, she has spearheaded several environmental initiatives, ranging from plastic recycling to Superfund and Resource Conservation and Recovery Act regulatory issues to voluntary industry commitment to greenhouse gas reductions.