The International Paper Government Relations team is pleased to welcome Gretchen Spear as our new Regional Government Relations Manager for the northern region. Based in Minneapolis, MN, Gretchen manages IP’s state and local government relations efforts in Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin. Gretchen is part of IP’s State Government Relations team headed by Dave Kluesner, who preceded Gretchen as the northern regional manager and was promoted earlier this year to Director, State Government Relations.
Prior to joining IP, Gretchen worked for Dart Container Corporation as their Midwest Government Relations Manager. She is also no stranger to International Paper, having worked as the Director of Packaging and Government Affairs at American Forest & Paper Association (AF&PA), the forest product industry’s primary national trade association. Gretchen worked very closely with AF&PA’s paper-based packing sectors to promote the sustainability, renewability and recyclability of the industry’s products and managed state government affairs for AF&PA in Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, and Wisconsin.
Gretchen is an alumna of the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh and currently resides In Minneapolis, MN with her husband Adam, three kids Evan, Michael and Nora and their dog Cooper.