OCTOBER 2009

Former National Recycling Coalition executives join Keep America Beautiful’s staff

Keep America Beautiful (KAB), the nation’s largest nonprofit community improvement organization, announced the hiring of three former National Recycling Coalition (NRC) executives.

Ed Skernolis, formerly acting executive director of the NRC, will serve in the capacity of KAB’s vice president of recycling; Anjia Nicolaidis, formerly deputy director of the NRC, will be the KAB’s director of recycling, and Alec Cooley, the NRC’s collegiate programs manager, is joining KAB as its manager of recycling programs.

The hiring of former NRC staff comes in the wake of NRC’s recent decision to cease operations and file for Chapter 7 bankruptcy.

In the newly created vice president post, Skernolis will help develop KAB’s recycling programs and will help the organization chart a course toward even more robust recycling programs and advocacy.

As the acting executive director of NRC, he managed strategic initiatives that included policy development, program management and stakeholder dialogue around development of nationally-focused sustainable materials management policy. As she had with NRC, Nicolaidis will serve as the primary manager of broad-based initiatives for programs such as this year’s America Recycles Day. Cooley will continue to oversee collegiate programs such as the KAB’s sponsorship of the RecycleMania competition, among other responsibilities.