Meet The Team

Jack Cooper

Executive Director

Jack Cooper is the founder and Executive Director of the Animal Digestible Food Packaging Initiative. He retired in 2017
from the Food Industry Environmental Network (FIEN), the regulatory and policy email update service he founded in 1990.

Mr. Cooper has had a long career in service, including: he worked with the National Food Processors Association (now Grocery Manufacturers Association) for 16 years, he is an Institute of Food Technologists (IFT) fellow, he served as chair of the Food and Beverage Environmental Conference, he served on the Leadership Board of the UC Davis Food Science and Technology Department, and he is a member of the International Association for Food Protection. Mr. Cooper has a BS and MS in Food Science from the University of California at Davis.


Matt Tarka

Social Media Director and Web Master

Matt Tarka is the Social Media Director and Web Master for 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.

Matt also serves as a Consultant for The POGIL Project, a STEM education organization affiliated with Franklin & Marshall College in Lancaster, PA.