PennFuture appoints Jim Abernathy interim president and CEO National search under way for chief executive to lead statewide environmental organization

HARRISBURG, Pa., June 3, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- PennFuture announced today the appointment of Jim Abernathy as interim president and chief executive officer of the statewide environmental organization. He succeeds environmental lawyer George Jugovic, Jr., who will now chair the organization's law staff. A national search is also underway for a permanent chief executive, to be based in Harrisburg.

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"We're excited to have Jim on board as we position our staff to work as effectively as possible across the state," said David Lane, chairman of the PennFuture board of directors. "Jim is a seasoned manager with a wealth of experience as a steward of environmental organizations, and his steady hand will guide our day-to-day operations. With our legal work as the backbone of our efforts to protect Pennsylvania's environment, it's a natural fit to have George as chair of our law staff."

A permanent chief executive is expected to be installed by fall 2013.

PennFuture <pennfuture.org> is a statewide public interest membership organization, founded in 1998, with staff in Harrisburg, Pittsburgh, Philadelphia and Wilkes-Barre. The organization's activities include litigating cases before regulatory bodies and in local, state, and federal courts; advocating and advancing legislative action on a state and federal level; public education; and assisting citizens in public advocacy.

The Philadelphia Inquirer called PennFuture the "state's leading environmental advocacy organization;" the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette named the organization "one of the 10 most influential groups on the issue of natural gas drilling;" and StateImpact Pennsylvania, an online collaboration of NPR stations across the state, called PennFuture "the commonwealth's main environmental advocate."

Contact: Elaine Labalme, labalme@pennfuture.org
(412) 996-4112

SOURCE PennFuture



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