Indiana’s largest statewide environmental policy organization has found a new executive director after a year-long search.
The Hoosier Environmental Council has elected Sam Carpenter, former executive director of Indiana-based nonprofit fair trade retailer Global Gifts, to lead the organization.
Carpenter has led Global Gifts for 17 years and has been an environmental advocate in Indianapolis.
“Environmental issues are issues of our collective society,” Carpenter said in a press release. “That’s why HEC is so important. It brings together and directs people who want to make a difference and influence the policies that make Indiana better.” When I thought about what organization could give, the answer was the Hoosier Environmental Council.”
Carpenter succeeds Jesse Kharbanda, who led HEC for nearly 14 years until stepping down as executive director earlier this year. Based in Indianapolis, his HEC currently has 15 full-time and part-time employees.
“As a reliable source of information, HEC staff have a lot of respect for their level of knowledge and understanding of environmental policy,” says Carpenter. “There is a whole Hoosier segment that cares about their environment but may not actively address its causes. I want to help shape and spread the messages that shape the
According to HEC, Mr. Carpenter will start his part-time job at HEC on October 19th and his full-time job on December 1st.