Exciting News: A New Executive Director for AERO!
So many of you have stepped up this year with financial gifts and gifts of your time to help AERO prepare for this exciting moment: we have a new executive director! Following an extensive search process with over 50 applications and highly qualified applicants from across Montana and the United States, we are very pleased to announce that Jennifer Hill-Hart has accepted our offer of employment as our new executive director. Jennifer has a deep understanding of AERO and a strong passion for our mission from her involvement with our organization since 2006 and her education and interest in sustainability and renewable energy. I will let her introduce herself to you below. I know you will enjoy getting to know her as she begins her new position. Thank you to all for your commitment to AERO and your assistance with this process. Onward!
Annie Heuscher, Board Chair
Greetings, AERO members! My name is Jennifer Hill-Hart, and I recently had the honor of accepting the position as Executive Director of AERO! I know some of you from several years ago when I was volunteering with AERO. I am beyond thrilled to work with AERO and I am humbled by the opportunity. It has been my dream to work with a member-driven, community-based organization that works to create healthy, informed, and engaged communities. AERO epitomizes grassroots change, not only in its mission, but in its actions.
I have always thought AERO, with its informed and involved membership base, is one of the most effective grassroots organizations in Montana. I have every intention of keeping it that way, and I would like to work with you to see AERO grow. In the next 6 months, one of my first goals will be to personally reach out to AERO members. I want to hear about what people love about AERO and what you would like to see AERO accomplish in the next 40 years. This is a really exciting time for sustainable communities and I am looking forward to thinking strategically about AERO’s future. I hope to put our brains together and come up with ideas that will help all of you do the good work you do, support each other in our work, and open up the world of AERO to new partners and friends.
We are Montanans and we care about this state, its culture, and the people in it. With grassroots work and community involvement, we can support local farmers and ranchers, renewable energy, develop resilient communities in Montana, and create positive change in our very own backyards. I have the hope and faith that this is possible, with all of you. I’m ready to hit the ground running!