Matt Tarka assumes Initiative Web Master and Social Media Director Roles

On May 14, 2020, Matt Tarka assumed the volunteer role of Initiative Web Master and Social Media Director – He may be reached by email at and you may send him a text at 202 215 9972 - Prior to joining the Initiative, Matt worked as a Senior Manager of Membership and International Relations for the International Food Information Council in Washington, DC and as a Strategic Communications Specialist with the American Medical Informatics Association in Bethesda, Md. Within both organizations, he helped with annual membership recruitment and retention programs, kept members informed of key US and international developments, and ensured coordination of information flow and insight to academic, trade association and industry stakeholders – He also serves as a Consultant for The POGIL Project, a STEM education organization affiliated with Franklin & Marshall College in Lancaster, PA - Originally from Hershey, Pa., Matt lives in Lititz, Pa., with his wife, Danielle. He graduated from the University of Scranton in Pennsylvania where he received his B.A. in Communications. In his spare time, he enjoys swimming, cycling, competitive games of Scrabble and cheering on the Pittsburgh Steelers - Matt has also agreed to serve as Web Master and Social Media Director for Plastic Food Packaging Waste News ( – Over the coming weeks, he will be establishing an internet home page for the news service for which fourteen issues have already been distributed - All news items are posted first on the home page of the Initiative at - If you wish to have your email address added to the news service bcc distribution list, let Jack Cooper know by email at - Matt and Initiative Director, Jack Cooper, over the coming weeks will be establishing a Maryland Limited Liability Company (LLC) to manage, promote and market the service on a future subscription basis.