August 19, 2008

Jan Jarrett Named PennFuture President and CEO As John Hanger Becomes Pennsylvania DEP Secretary

The Reverend K. Joy Kaufmann, chair of the board of directors of Citizens for Pennsylvania's Future (PennFuture), today announced that Jan Jarrett will become president and CEO as John Hanger leaves to assume the post of the secretary of the Department of Environmental Protection.

"Given Jan's long and distinguished service as PennFuture's vice president, there was no question - she was our unanimous choice to take over the reins as our President and CEO," said Kaufmann. "She has been a crucial member of the PennFuture team from the day the first office was opened, working side by side with John to achieve our amazing record of success.

"For the past ten years, Jan has been a key member of the PennFuture management team, handling much of the fundraising, policy development, strategic planning, campaign management and staff management," continued Kaufmann, "so we are more than confident in her ability to ensure a smooth transition and to keep PennFuture on its strong footing."

Jarrett enjoys a national reputation for excellence within the environmental community, earning the respect of leaders in both the public interest and public arenas by leading successful campaigns to gain voter approval of the Growing Greener bond, adoption of the state rule requiring power plants to reduce mercury pollution, adoption of the Pennsylvania Clean Vehicle program, enactment of the recent $650 million alternative energy package, passage of the Pennsylvania Climate Change Act and more.

Jarrett has worked in the Pennsylvania environmental and conservation community for more than 20 years. She worked at the Pennsylvania office of the Chesapeake Bay Foundation for 10 years serving as the Pennsylvania Grassroots Coordinator. From 1997 to 1999 Jarrett headed up the Pennsylvania Campaign for Clean, Affordable Energy which coordinated efforts to ensure consumers and the environment benefited from the restructuring of Pennsylvania's electric utility industry. She also currently represents Pennsylvania on the board of directors of the State Environmental Leadership Program, a network of state-based organizations that work on environmental policy.

"Over the past ten years, I have had the privilege of serving with John Hanger, an extraordinary leader and generous mentor," said Jarrett. "Working with a tremendously talented staff and board as well as extremely committed supporters, we have made PennFuture a powerful citizens' organization that is protecting and promoting Pennsylvania's environment and economy. We now intend to make PennFuture even stronger and deliver even more results. We will work ceaselessly to clean our air and water, protect natural resources, and build the clean economy and green jobs. I look forward to moving the organization to an even brighter future."

"We will be forever grateful to John Hanger for his 10 years of leadership and service - service that has made Pennsylvania a cleaner and greener place to live, work and play," said Kaufmann. "Governor Rendell has made a superb choice to continue and expand the work of former DEP Secretary Kathleen McGinty. We know that John will be a great public servant and leader for the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection."

As Jarrett takes on the role of president and CEO, Heather Sage, currently the director of outreach, will assume the vice president post. Christine Knapp, currently PennFuture's eastern Pennsylvania outreach coordinator, will become of director of outreach.

PennFuture is a statewide public interest membership organization, founded in 1998. Working from the premise that "Every environmental victory grows the economy," PennFuture has successfully advocated for landmark environmental legislation, including passage of the largest ever environmental funding bond, passage of the Alternative Energy Portfolio Standards Act, adoption of the Clean Vehicles Program and adoption of a regulation that protects Pennsylvania's babies by restricting mercury pollution from coal fired power plants. PennFuture has staff throughout the state, in Harrisburg, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, West Chester and Scranton. The Philadelphia Inquirer called PennFuture the "state's leading environmental advocacy organization."