Jennifer Berrier appointed PUC Executive Director

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

    Jennifer 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.

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

    When she is not working, she is either walking her Bossi Poo named Puck, attempting to bake something delicious, or engrossed in a science fiction book.

    Jennifer 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.

    PHOTO CAP: Jennifer Berrier

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