PennFuture announces Cindy Dunn as new president and CEO

Nov 04, 2013, 08:56 ET from PennFuture

Longtime environmental champion the "right fit" for statewide organization

HARRISBURG, Pa., Nov. 4, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- PennFuture announced today the appointment of Cindy Adams Dunn as president and CEO of the statewide environmental advocacy organization after a four-month national search. Dunn comes to PennFuture from the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR), where she was deputy secretary for conservation and technical services.


"We're delighted to have Cindy with us as she is eminently qualified to lead the organization's work tackling air, land and water issues throughout the Commonwealth," said David Lane, chair of PennFuture's board of directors. "Her skills as a manager combined with passion for the environment will prove invaluable as we continue to address climate change and promote a clean energy economy. The board is confident she's the right fit."

Dunn previously served as director of DCNR's Bureau of Recreation and Conservation and is a past executive director of Audubon Pennsylvania. She held a key management post at the Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay for 10 years. The Pennsylvania native and graduate of Shippensburg College is an avid outdoorswoman, regularly hiking the Appalachian Trail and fishing the Susquehanna River.

"I look forward to working actively with my new colleagues on the issue of climate change," said Dunn. "We share a great sense of urgency to protect Pennsylvania's landscape and water resources. PennFuture is well positioned to address the issues of the day, and our actions will have lasting impacts. There's a reason it's called PennFuture."

PennFuture is a statewide public interest membership organization founded in 1998, with offices in Pittsburgh, Harrisburg, Philadelphia and Wilkes-Barre. PennFuture'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."

Elaine Labalme 

SOURCE PennFuture