Fran McPoland has 30 years of Washington experience in the environmental arena. She currently represents the 100% recycled paperboard and containerboard industry and serves as the Senior Environmental Advisor to the 100% Recycled Paperboard Alliance. She maintains an active presence on Capitol Hill and with Federal agencies to keep close watch on the issues and complexities impacting the recycled paper industry. McPoland is one of the founding members of the Washington-based Recycling Roundtable and for the past five years has served on the Advisory Committee for the WalMart packaging Sustainable Value Network.
For over twenty years, McPoland has been an active member of the National Recycling Coalition and has been elected to serve on its Board of Directors three times. She is currently Chair of the NRC’s Policy Committee and a member of the Board of Directors Executive Committee. McPoland was one of the initial organizers of America Recycles Day and served as its Co-Chair for five years.
In 1994 Fran was appointed by President Clinton as the nation’s first Federal Environmental Executive and was responsible for all the recycling, waste prevention, and buy-recycled programs in the federal government. Because of her expertise in federal procurement practices, in 1998, she was also appointed by the President to Chair the White House Task Force on Greening the Government through Waste Prevention, Recycling and Federal Acquisition.
After leaving the White House, McPoland became the Senior Vice President and Chief Environmental Strategist for GreenOrder, an on-line marketplace for environmentally preferable products. While at GreenOrder she was directly involved in the design of corporate sustainability programs for Fortune 500 companies.
Prior to joining the Clinton Administration Fran served on Capitol Hill as a Senior Legislative Assistant on environmental issues for Congressman Esteban Torres (D-CA). While working for Congressman Torres, she was instrumental in the development of four market-incentives legislative initiatives for recycled content products. This approach attempted to solve the collection and market problems for ‘orphan’ commodities such as oil, tires and lead acid batteries. She also served as Environmental Legislative Assistant to Congressman Dick Ottinger (D-NY).
McPoland has an Associate’s Degree in Horticulture, a B.S. in Conservation of Natural Resources from the University of California at Berkeley, and earned a Masters in Environment and Resource Policy from George Washington University’s School of Public Policy.
McPoland is frequently sought out to address various national, state and federal agency conferences as it relates to environmental science policy and sustainability issues.