Government Affairs Consultant, Sappi North America
Donna Cassese graduated from UMO with a B.S. in Forest Management and has been with Sappi for over 40 years. She has had diverse roles within forestry, operations and manufacturing. After nearly 15 years as a forester in both Maine and Alabama she transitioned into managerial roles in the woodyard, waste treatment, pulp sales and human resources at the Somerset Mill in Skowhegan, Maine. Following these roles, Donna held the position of plant manager at Sappi’s Allentown Pennsylvania converting facility and then transitioned into the supply chain group at the Somerset Mill. In 2006 Donna became the director of inside sales for Sappi’s North American operations. In 2008, Donna assumed responsibility for the Westbrook Mill as managing director.
In 2014, Donna returned to forestry as the director of wood supply strategy with responsibility for developing and implementing wood supply strategy for Sappi’s mills in Maine and Minnesota. In January of 2018 Donna retired and now works as a consultant for Sappi, leading government relations work in Maine.
Her industry leadership positions include president Maine Pulp&Paper Association 2010-2011 and 2015-2017; 2017 Distinguished Alumna Award University of Maine’s Forestry School; Maine Technology Institute Board of Directors Chair; Maine Forest Economy Growth Initiative – Executive Committee; and more.