Jim Riley to Lead Federal Affairs at NWRA

Jim Riley to Lead Federal Affairs at NWRA

Riley Will Use Experience to Advocate for Industry on Capitol Hill

Arlington, VA – Today, Darrell Smith, president and CEO of the National Waste and Recycling Association (NWRA), announced that Jim Riley would lead the Association’s federal affairs team.

“We are pleased that Jim has joined our organization. He is well known on Capitol Hill and within the federal agencies. He brings a wealth of experience that will only make NWRA a stronger presence in Washington, D.C.,” said Smith.

Riley comes to NWRA from the National Sand, Stone, & Gravel Association (NSSGA) where he was a strong advocate for the mining industry in Washington, helping grow its political action committee (PAC) and grassroots program. He spent the last 16 years with the National Stone, Sand & Gravel Association, first as director and later as senior director of government affairs. As part of his duties, he oversaw the association’s political action committee, ROCKPAC, growing it into one of the top federally registered trade association PACs. Riley also organized and directed the association’s award-winning grassroots and grasstops advocacy network. Prior to NSSGA, he was senior analyst for Civil Justice Reform & Insurance with Citizens for a Sound Economy.

“NWRA is a great organization. There aren’t many industries like waste and recycling that touch so many people. I look forward to working with lawmakers and regulators to ensure that our industry can grow and thrive,” said Riley.

In addition to being a registered lobbyist, Riley is an attorney admitted to practice law in the District of Columbia, New York and Massachusetts as well as before the United States Supreme Court. He is a graduate of the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, Mass., and received his law degree from the Catholic University of America’s Columbus School of Law in Washington, D.C.


The National Waste & Recycling Association (NWRA) represents the private sector waste and recycling services industry. Association members conduct business in all 50 states and include companies that manage waste, recycling and medical waste, equipment manufacturers and distributors, and a variety of other service providers. For more information about NWRA, please visit www.wasterecycling.org.

Brandon Wright
National Waste and Recycling Association