Thursday, January 12, 2023
Will Layden, most recently the Deputy Staff Director of the House Committee on Natural Resources, has joined the American Wood Council (AWC) as Vice President, Government Affairs, where he will lead strategic federal and state legislative and administrative government affairs initiatives.
“Will has been a thought leader on policies that impact AWC member companies. His role on the House Natural Resources Committee has given him tremendous knowledge about our industry and allowed him to hit the ground running. I’m excited to have him on board to expand our advocacy footprint and amplify the voice of the wood products industry on the many important issues facing our membership,” said AWC President and CEO Jackson Morrill.
Will’s first day at AWC was January 9. Prior to his role on the Committee, Will was Senior Legislative Assistant for Congressman Bruce Westerman, running his Natural Resources and Agriculture portfolio. Among his tasks for the Congressman, Will led the House Working Forest Caucus.
“We are the nationally recognized technical authority and advocate for the sustainable wood building products industry in the codes, standards, legislative, regulatory, and climate policy arenas.”
The American Wood Council (AWC) is a national association that promotes woodworking and timber processing in the United States. The AWC works to advance the use of wood and panel products, while advocating for sustainable and resilient solutions that benefit the environment.
The AWC strives to create an environment where woodworking is seen as a viable and carbon-friendly option to create beautiful products. Through its research, advocacy, education, and technical assistance programs, the AWC seeks to ensure that woodworking remains an important part of America’s economic future.
The AWC also works with industry partners to develop standards for safe and efficient wood processing practices. By promoting responsible practices in woodworking, the AWC helps ensure that our forests remain healthy for generations to come.
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