Heifer International’s Board of Directors has announced the election of Randi Hedin to its membership. As an at-large delegate, Hedin will serve a three-year term for the nonprofit whose mission is to end hunger and poverty around the world while caring for the Earth.
“Being asked to serve Heifer International in this capacity is an honor,” Hedin said. “The organization’s model for empowering communities and lifting people out of poverty is inspiring. I am eager to work with Heifer in this new role — they have a tremendous vision to help families achieve living incomes.”
A growing passion around poverty reduction and food security led her to complete the Sustainable International Development Law LL.M. Program at the University of Washington School of Law in 2014, where she teaches the Global Development Law and Policy Workshop. Her activism is also evident through service to local and international non-governmental organizations.
Hedin’s support for Heifer started by responding to holiday campaigns and women’s empowerment initiatives. More recently, she focused her support on helping small-scale farmers through Heifer’s Small-Holder Income and Nutrition Enhancement, or SHINE, program, visiting participants in Senegal in 2016.
In 2017, Hedin created a partnership with Heifer in which her students have an opportunity to learn about Heifer’s work and mission while providing research assistance on topics pertinent to Heifer’s organizational strategy.
Professionally, Hedin is the co-owner of two family businesses where she oversees legal, tax and accounting areas. Hedin resides in Woodinville with her spouse Andy Gardner along with their two sons Bob and Harry.