Marie Clarke Appointed President of EMA

Marie Clarke Appointed President of EMA

Dynamic Association Executive to Advocate for Paper-Based Communications Industry


Alexandria, VA May 16, 2023 – EMA, the world’s largest association devoted exclusively to the envelope manufacturing and paper-based communications industry, announced today that Marie Clarke has been named President. Clarke is an accomplished association leader who has spent her career representing industry and stakeholder interests in the legislative, regulatory, and judicial process as it relates to consumer products, the environment, and international policy.

In her new role, Clarke will direct all aspects of the Association’s operations, overseeing strategic long-range planning, membership development and engagement, industry advocacy, financial stewardship, and staff development. In addition, she will provide leadership for the Association’s sister organizations: the EMA Foundation and the Global Envelope Alliance (GEA).

“We are confident Marie’s leadership and advocacy skills will support EMA’s continued leadership role in the paper-based communications industry,” observed Derek Waterhouse, Chairman of the EMA Board. “With her years of experience in associations and infectious energy, she will be a great leader who will take EMA to new heights in the future.”

Prior to joining the EMA, she was the Vice President of Policy and Government Affairs with the International Sleep Products Association (ISPA), where she was responsible for advocacy on behalf of mattress manufacturers and suppliers. While at ISPA, Clarke also served as the Vice President of Industry and External Affairs for the Mattress Recycling Council (MRC), an industry supported nonprofit that operates mattress stewardship programs.

Prior to ISPA and MRC, Clarke held a similar role with the American Coatings Association (ACA), the trade association for the paint industry, and PaintCare, the industry product stewardship organization. At ACA, Marie also served as Counsel to the International Paint and Printing Ink Council (IPPIC, now the World Coatings Council), facilitating the exchange of information and cooperation on key issues and priorities facing the paint and printing ink industries worldwide.

In addition to her trade association experience, Clarke has worked in private practice and on several political campaigns. Clarke earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from Villanova University and her Juris Doctorate from the Delaware Law School in Wilmington, DE. She is admitted to the practice of law in Virginia, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and the District of Columbia.


About EMA

Headquartered in Alexandria, VA, EMA is the unified voice of the envelope and paper-based communications industry. It is the single largest trade resource and recognized representative for envelope manufacturers and printers, forms companies, packaging companies, market intermediaries, and the suppliers that support these companies. Since 1933, the EMA has been promoting the protection, representation, and growth of the industry through state, national, and global advocacy, market research, networking, and specialized education. EMA has 108 member companies and is led by a 12-member Board of Directors. EMA For more information, visit



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