By unanimous vote, the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) board of directors elected Tom Kiernan the organization's CEO.
Kiernan has served as president of the National Parks Conservation Association (NPCA) since 1998. On May 28, he will take the helm at AWEA.
During Kiernan's tenure, NPCA increased its members and supporters from 300,000 to more than 800,000, its field program from seven to 23 offices, and its net assets from less than $5 million to more than $60 million.
Before heading NPCA, Kiernan served as president of the Audubon Society of New Hampshire and was a senior official in the Environmental Protection Agency's Office of Air and Radiation under President George H.W. Bush, where he won the Gold Medal for his role in achieving consensus with businesses and environmentalists on a $450 million pollution-control project at Grand Canyon National Park. He also has held positions with the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality and Arthur Andersen & Co.