After a year-long search, the largest statewide environmental policy organization in Indiana found its new executive director.
The Hoosier Environmental Council selected Sam Carpenter, former executive director of the Indiana-based nonprofit fair trade retail outlet Global Gifts, to lead the organization.
Carpenter led Global Gifts for 17 years and has been an environmental advocate in Indianapolis.
“Environmental issues are issues of our collective society,” said Carpenter in a press release. “That’s why HEC is so important: they rally and provide direction for those folks who want to make a difference and affect policy that creates a better Indiana. When I thought about what organization would allow me to have the greatest impact for future generations, the answer was Hoosier Environmental Council.”
Carpenter will replace Jesse Kharbanda, who led the HEC for more than 14 years before stepping down as executive director earlier this year. The Indianapolis-based HEC currently has a staff of 15 full and part-time employees.
“As a trusted source of information, the HEC staff earns a lot of respect for their level of knowledge and understanding of environmental policy,” said Carpenter. “There is a whole segment of Hoosiers who are concerned about their environment but may not have actively taken up the cause. I would like to help shape and spread the message that shapes opinion so more people can learn about the issues and take actions toward progress.”
The HEC said Carpenter will begin part-time work at HEC Oct. 19 and will begin full-time work Dec. 1.