As vice president of government affairs for the Arlington, Va.-based American Plastics Council, Roger Bernstein has been involved in many of the hot-button political issues that confront the plastics industry.
Bernstein directs the activities of five regional government affairs offices. Those offices provide hands-on advocacy at the state and local level on a wide range of issues ranging from solid waste to health. In addition, he oversees federal and international issues and the industry's grassroots program, which in the past four years has brought more than 4,000 plastics-company representatives together with their legislators.
Bernstein has helped spearhead APC's lobbying efforts against plastic-bottle-recycling bills that have appeared in a number of state legislatures in recent years. The industry group, which represents resin producers, has described refundable deposits as a tax on plastic bottles.
Bernstein also was instrumental in setting up a new political action committee for the plastics industry in California.
Prior to joining APC, Bernstein lobbied for the Society of the Plastics Industry Inc. and the Glass Packaging Institute. Before embarking on a 20-year career in government and public affairs, Bernstein was a newspaper reporter and university professor. He graduated with a bachelor's degree from Washington and Jefferson College and obtained a master's degree in English from Northwestern University.
APC's Web site is www.plastics.org.