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International Sleep Products Association Hires New Vice President for Policy and Government Affairs

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The International Sleep Products Association (ISPA) recently welcomed Marie Clarke to its team as Vice President for Policy and Government Affairs. Clarke, an attorney, will direct the Association’s state and federal governmental affairs efforts and represent ISPA and the mattress industry on a broad range of regulatory and legislative issues with federal, state and local governments and policymakers, as well as relevant non-governmental organizations. In addition, she will manage government affairs needs of an ISPA affiliate, the Mattress Recycling Council (MRC).

“I am very excited to be joining the International Sleep Products Association and the Mattress Recycling Council. I’m looking forward to meeting members and serving the industry as an advocate on legislative, regulatory and policy issues at the federal, state and local levels,” said Clarke.

Prior to ISPA, Clarke served as Counsel in the Government Affairs Division at the American Coatings Association (ACA). While at ACA, Clarke served as the lead advocate for PaintCare, an industry-led product stewardship program operating in eight states and the District of Columbia that allows consumers to take back leftover house paint for recycling and proper management. She co-founded ACA’s Sustainability Committee and served as Counsel to the International Paint and Printing Ink Council. Clarke received a BA in Political Science from Villanova University and a JD from the Widener University Delaware Law School. Marie is admitted to practice law in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and the District of Columbia.

“We are thrilled to have Marie join the ISPA and MRC team. Her strong experience in managing legislative and policy matters on behalf of another trade association and non-profit in addressing manufacturing and recycling issues are directly relevant to the type of work in which both ISPA and MRC are involved,” said Ryan Trainer, president of both ISPA and MRC. “I am confident Marie will be a good fit with both our membership and staff. I look forward to working with her as she uses her lobbying capabilities and project management skills to advance the interests of both organizations.”


More about the ISPA: Established in 1915, the International Sleep Products Association (ISPA) is dedicated to lead and advance the interest of the sleep products industry by helping the world sleep better. As the industry’s trade organization, ISPA represents the sleep products industry with members in countries around the world.

ISPA provides a wide range of services that benefit its membership. These include exclusive industry surveys and statistics, government advocacy support, educational offerings, the industry’s ISPA EXPO trade show, safety research through its Sleep Products Safety Council, consumer research and education through its Better Sleep Council, BedTimes and Sleep Savvy publications.

To learn more, visit www.sleepproducts.org or contact info@sleepproducts.org.


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