HCPA appoints new SVP of government relations and public policy

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The Household & Commercial Products Association (HCPA) has appointed Michael Gruber as senior vice-president of government relations and public policy.

As part of the executive leadership team, Gruber will further strengthen and help drive HCPA’s presence, influence, and effectiveness across the federal and state legislative and regulatory landscapes.

In his new role, Gruber will leverage his bi-partisan Capitol Hill and state experience to lead the Association’s industry efforts. Before joining HCPA, he served as vice president of public policy at the Consumer Brands Association, where he provided strategic guidance on state and federal legislative and regulatory matters for Fortune 500 consumer packaged goods companies.

“Mike [Gruber] is a highly skilled government affairs leader with a demonstrated history of creating and executing political strategy, building stakeholder coalitions, managing issue advocacy campaigns, and shaping complex regulations for the consumer packaged goods industry,” said Steve Caldeira, president and CEO of HCPA.

“Mike has been involved with several issues that impact the household and commercial products industry, including supply chain challenges during the Covid pandemic, developing sustainability policies for the consumer packaged goods industry, and collaborating with retailers to further ingredient communication standards. This experience will be invaluable for advancing our priority public policy issues at a critical time for our industry.”

Earlier in his career, Gruber held numerous roles on Capitol Hill, including senior policy advisor on the House Committee on Energy & Commerce; appropriations associate, House Appropriations Committee; chief of staff to US Representative Thomas Latham, and district director for US Representative George Nethercutt Jr. He also holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science.

“I’m very excited to join the HCPA team and work with so many respected companies on similar issues in a new capacity,” said Gruber. “HCPA has an excellent reputation of collaborating with diverse stakeholders to find workable solutions to complex problems on behalf of consumers, workers, and member companies and I look forward to engaging in that process.”

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