NWRA Promotes Four Staff Members

NWRA Promotes Four Staff Members

Arlington, VA – Today, National Waste & Recycling Association (NWRA) President and CEO Darrell Smith announced the promotion of Steve Changaris, LaWanda Jones, Peggy Macenas and Brandon Wright.

Changaris was promoted to Vice President, Northeast Region; LaWanda Jones was promoted to Director, Internal Operations; Peggy Macenas was promoted to Vice President, Midwest Region, and Brandon Wright was promoted to Vice President, Communications and Media Relations.

“We have a talented staff that works hard for our members and the industry every day. It gives me great pleasure to reward their hard work and talent. Steve and Peggy do a terrific job representing the industry and working with our members in their regions. LaWanda does a remarkable job supporting our members and ensuring the team has the tools and resources we need. Through Brandon’s efforts, NWRA continues to be the voice of industry and a leader on issues facing the waste and recycling industry,” said Smith.

About Steve Changaris

Steve has worked for more than 25 years at NWRA. Steve covers the Northeastern states of New York, New Jersey, Delaware, Maryland, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Connecticut, New Hampshire, Vermont and Maine. He works with the region’s NWRA recycling, organics and waste companies and interacts on their behalf at the state, local, regional, special authority and county level. He works with elected and legislative officials as well as administrative and regulatory officials in all solid waste and recycling areas.

Steve resides in Massachusetts with his wife Anne of 38 years. He has two adult children, and he has two very young grandsons. His interests include sports, travel and enjoying the Delaware River in its wild and scenic upper region.

About LaWanda Jones

Since 1998, LaWanda has worked for NWRA. In her current role as Director, Internal Operations, LaWanda is in charge of all IT and database-related issues/inquiries. Prior to her employment with NWRA, LaWanda was enlisted in the United States Army Reserves. LaWanda attended Strayer University and has received multiple certifications from COMPTIA.

About Peggy Macenas

Peggy Macenas is the Vice President, Midwest Region for the National Waste & Recycling Association. Since 1993, she has served the member companies for NWRA initially as National Membership Director providing education programs and membership development. In 1998, she was named the Manager, Midwest Region with the responsibility of managing the legislative and regulatory affairs on behalf of the NWRA state chapters in the Midwest.

Peggy serves an additional role with NWRA, that of Director of the NWRA Women’s Council. Prior to joining the Association, Peggy worked on the production side and in the regulatory arena of the cable television industry and has served as the Executive Director for several nonprofit associations. Peggy holds a BA from Northern Illinois University and calls Naperville, Ill., home.

About Brandon Wright

Brandon Wright serves as NWRA’s Vice President, Communications and Media Relations.

He joined NWRA in October 2017. Before joining NWRA, Brandon was Chief of Staff at the Maryland Department of Planning and served in a senior leadership role at the Maryland Department of Health. Brandon has also served as Communications Director at the Petroleum Marketers Association of America and led communications efforts on several successful advocacy initiatives in Annapolis, Md.

Brandon Wright lives in Annapolis with his wife and two children.


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