Hedrick named PFI's new executive director

By Lisa Gibson | September 21, 2011

Having served for a few months as the Pellet Fuels Institute’s acting executive director, Jennifer Hedrick has now been appointed as the organization’s executive director.

The appointment by PFI’s board of directors marks the first time in the trade association’s 26-year history that it has had a full-time executive director. "This is an important step for our association, and the industry, as we continue to build awareness of the benefits of using densified biomass fuel,” said Scott Jacobs, PFI president. “Over the last three years, Jennifer has demonstrated outstanding coalition-building skills. She is equally committed to advocating for the use of densified biomass as a means for job creation in the United States and as a viable option for achieving our country's energy objectives."

Hedrick has been with PFI since 2008, serving first as the association manager before being appointed acting executive director in July of this year. As association manager, Hedrick was the point person for PFI's standards program, as well as the PFI Annual Conference, which was held in late July this year in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla. She played a key role in the association's overall management, strategic development and membership outreach. Prior to joining PFI, Hedrick spent several years working for a public policy initiative at Georgetown University Law Center that focused on workplace flexibility.

“I'll continue to devote a portion of my time to the oversight and promotions of the PFI standards program as well as other issues I focused on as association manager, and will also focus on increasing the visibility of PFI to the industry, consumers and Washington audiences,” Hedrick said. “As an industry we must continue to work toward spreading the message about the benefits of densifed biomass fuel, particularly for thermal applications. I'm excited about this new role and the opportunities for increased collaboration with member companies as well as other organizations within the industry.”