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Jennifer Berrier

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Jennifer Berrier

Acting Secretary, PA Dept. of Labor & Industry

Commonwealth of Pennsylvania

Berrier oversees unemployment and workers’ compensation benefits administration, vocational rehabilitation programs for individual with disabilities, and economic development across the commonwealth.

She’s been in her current position for three months and has been with the agency for 15 years.

In her 15 years as a public servant at the Department of Labor & Industry, she has worked in a variety of different roles that have allowed her to improve life for Pennsylvanians in many ways. Key accomplishments include working to address fair wages and overtime issues, improving workplace safety and promoting safe learning spaces for Pennsylvania children.

Berrier said learning to really listen has served her well, especially as a supervisor and a leader. Her colleagues, both inside and outside the agency, have vastly different backgrounds that provide them with unique perspectives. “Listening to their thoughts, gathering facts and avoiding snap judgements has allowed me to be impartial and a critical thinker during decision-making,” she said.

She loves spending time in nature and hiking trails across the commonwealth. “We’re very fortunate to live in such a beautiful state with so many natural treasures to explore. Since the pandemic began almost a year ago, I’ve been even more thankful to unplug and unwind while enjoying Pennsylvania’s natural beauty,” Berrier said.

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This profile is part of Lehigh Valley Business' Power 100 list for 2021. Information used in this profile was sourced from the honoree. See the full list at lvb.com or in our digital edition.

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