SWANA Young Professionals

A "Young Professional" is defined as an individual in the solid waste industry 35 or younger.  That's actual age, not just how you feel.

What is SWANA’s Young Professionals Group?

SWANA's Young Professionals (YP) logo

We are a group of individuals who represent the future of the solid waste industry. We are passionate about the environment, our industry, and helping each other succeed. We are eager to offer advice, brainstorm ideas, develop solutions, and share in the struggles and triumphs of working in this business.

We are energetic. We are motivated. We are committed. We are the next generation of SWANA.

Why Join?

Here are a few of the many benefits of SWANA’s Young Professional group:

  • Excellent networking opportunities at events, conferences, and online
  • Webinars targeting the challenges of the solid waste industry
  • Resources that provide tools and information to succeed in your career
  • Opportunities to voice your opinion about the future of SWANA

How Do I Join?

New member Young Professionals pay a special first-year membership fee of $100.

The renewal rates for new YP members following their first year:

  • Year 2: $150 for a renewing YP under the Public, Private, or Small Business sector
  • Year 3: $200 for a renewing YP under the Public, Private, or Small Business sector
  • Year 4: Back to full price at the standard membership rate for the industry sector

Must be a YP member for three consecutive years to receive the discounted YP membership rates. Once your membership is complete, log-in to your MySWANA account to connect with other YPs, interact with YPs on Twitter @SWANA or check in with the YP Linkedin Group.

If you have any questions, please contact Shelby Truxon, YP Program Manager.

How Do I Get Involved Locally?

Recruitment, development and involvement of Young Professionals (YPs) are critical to the future of SWANA. That’s why SWANA developed a Regional Representative Initiative to foster YP participation at the local level through a team of regional reps and chapter liaisons.

Contact your regional rep to get in touch with your local YP chapter liaison or inquire about open leadership positions. For further assistance, contact the YP Program Manager, Shelby Truxon, at struxon@swana.org.

SWANA Region Map
Region 1
Hailey Fitterer Email: Hailey.Fitterer@hdrinc.com
Region 2
Olivia Kwok Email: okwok@stalbert.ca
Region 3
Sonia Samir Email: ssamir@team-psc.com
Region 4
Cory Daviau Email: cdaviau@baltimorecountymd.gov
Region 5
Nicholas Guarriello Email: nguarriello@cecenv.com

How Do I Get Involved Internationally?

The ISWA Young Professionals Group aims to bring about new ideas and initiatives that address the challenges in waste management through engagement with wider society. In addition, the YPG strives to make global connection to people, ideas and knowledge more accessible. ISWA YPG is open to anyone under the age of 35 who is working in the field of waste management. SWANA has partnered with ISWA to offer a free 6-month trial of ISWA membership.

How Do I Get In Touch with the YP Leadership?

Feel free to contact Shelby Truxon at struxon@swana.org for any further information.

FY2018 YP Steering Committee City and State
Lynsey Baer Felton, DE
Nicole Burkhardt Wilmington, DE
David Hagenbucher Ringle, WI
Jeffrey Martirano White Plains, NY
Nathan Mayer West Palm Beach, FL
Hanna Rodriguez San Juan, PR
Matthew Schafer Fort Lauderdale, FL
Karamjit Singh Orlando, FL
Mateja Vidovic Klanac Boca Raton, FL
John Welch Madison, WI
Bridget Wlosek Charlotte, NC
FY2018 Technical Division YP TD Chairs
Communications, Education, and Marketing Tiffany Dunn
Collection and Transfer Bryan Dodds and Kyle Foreman
Landfill Gas and Biogas Nicole Burkhardt
Landfill Management Paul Shamoian
Planning and Management Rocky Strong
Sustainable Materials Management Sara Nichols
Waste-to-Energy Jeffrey Martirano

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With a growing network of over 10,000 members in 46 chapters throughout the United States and Canada, the Solid Waste Association of North America (SWANA) is the go-to source for the most up-to-date information for professionals in the solid waste and recycling industry.


Be a part of the discussion and see what’s happening on the MySWANA Young Professional Forum!