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Berrier Named PUC Executive Director

Jennifer Berrier

The Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission (PUC) today announced the appointment of Jennifer Berrier of Harrisburg as executive director for the PUC, effective September 11, 2023.

Berrier comes to the Commission with a passion for public service and nearly two decades of experience serving Pennsylvania businesses and residents in various roles at the Pennsylvania Department of Labor & Industry (L&I) – culminating with her December 2020 appointment by Governor Tom Wolf as the Commonwealth’s Labor & Industry Secretary.  In that role, she guided one of Pennsylvania’s largest state agencies through the challenges of COVID-19 and the post-pandemic recovery.

Berrier’s leadership experience, operational knowledge, administrative skills and policy experience running a large agency will serve her well in her new role with the PUC, where she will plan, organize and direct day-to-day operations of the Commission.

Before being appointed as L&I Secretary, Berrier served as Deputy Secretary of Safety and Labor-Management Relations, where she oversaw four bureaus that provided vital services impacting the economic security of individuals and businesses and ensured public safety. Prior to that she was the director for L&I’s Bureau of Occupational and Industrial Safety, where she oversaw the administration of building codes and ensured the safety of elevators, boilers, and LP gas and flammable and combustible liquid installations. She began her tenure at L&I as legal counsel in labor and employment matters.

Berrier holds a bachelor’s degree in political science from York College of Pennsylvania and a law degree from Widener University.

Berrier succeeds previous PUC Executive Director Seth Mendelsohn, who served in that role from May 2019 to January 2023, as well as PUC Director of Administration Robert Gramola, who also has served as Acting Executive Director since Mendelsohn’s departure.

 

One Response

  1. Now if she can get Penn Power to be a reliable supplier and distributor of electric power to consumers. I am so tired of losing electric power every time it rains. Power surges and frequent outages are not safe and reliable distribution of electric power.

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