NWRA expands government relations team

NWRA expands government relations team

The association has announced the hiring of Katie Raverty-Evans and Patrick Bennett.

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January 26, 2022

Following the departures of longtime staff members, Steve Changaris and Peggy Macenas, the National Waste & Recycling Association (NWRA) has hired Katie Raverty-Evans as vice president of chapter management and member relations, and Patrick Bennett as vice president of chapter management.

Raverty-Evans will have responsibility for chapters in Kentucky, Ohio and the Carolinas. Raverty-Evans previously helped manage government affairs for Best Way Disposal for 10 years before coming to NWRA.

Bennett will manage government affairs and chapter activities in Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Missouri, Kansas, Minnesota and Wisconsin. Prior to this position, Bennett represented the Indiana chapter of NWRA as a lobbyist for more than 10 years. Bennett also provided government relations services to other clients and operated a small legal practice.

“The strength of our organization is in our state chapters. I am pleased that Katie and Patrick will be working with our chapters on issues affecting the waste and recycling industry,” says NWRA President and CEO Darrell Smith.

Raverty-Evans will lead NWRA’s Women’s Council, assist with WasteExpo and other member-facing projects. “I am ready to help NWRA strongly advocate for the men and women in our industry and support our member companies. I am pleased that this role allows me to continue to serve in such an important and worthwhile industry,” says Raverty-Evans.

Raverty-Evans has served on the NWRA Services Board of Governors as an alternate, was a member of the NWRA PAC Board of Governors and was vice-chair of the NWRA Government Relations Committee. She also served as president of the NWRA Women’s Council. Raverty-Evans holds a degree from Thomas More University in communications.

Changaris has 29 years of service and was most recently vice president, Northeast region. He was actively involved in the chapters, lobbying lawmakers and meeting with regulators. Macenas has 28 years of service and was most recently vice president, Midwest region. She was equally as involved in her chapters and also managed the Women’s Council.

“On behalf of NWRA, I thank Steve and Peggy for their years of dedicated service to the waste and recycling industry,” says Smith. “While they take a lot of institutional knowledge with them, I am pleased that we have found excellent candidates to fill the void.”