Donna Harman is president and chief executive officer of the American Forest & Paper Association (AF&PA) and is recognized by industry leaders and policymakers alike as one of the leading experts on public policy for the pulp, paper, packaging, and wood products manufacturing industry, which comprises nearly 4 percent of the nation’s manufacturing output.
Before assuming her current role in May 2007, Harman was AF&PA’s senior vice president, policy and government affairs. She worked previously in government affairs for Champion International Corporation and The Dow Chemical Company after serving as a legislative assistant in Congress.
Harman is the president of the International Council of Forest and Paper Associations and a member of the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization’s steering committee on Sustainable Forest Industries. She is also immediate past chair of the National Association of Manufacturers’ (NAM) Council of Manufacturing Associations, a member of the NAM Board of Directors, and Secretary-Treasurer of the Forest Products Industry National Labor Management Committee.
Born in Elkhart, Kansas, Harman earned a bachelor’s degree in public affairs from Anderson University and a law degree from American University. She is a member of the District of Columbia Bar Association, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s Association Committee of 100, is on RISI’s Top 50 Power List for the pulp and paper industry, and was named to CEO Update’s 2013 Top Association CEOs list.