Randi Hedin serves as an at-large director on Heifer International’s Board of Directors, a position she has held since November 2017.
Upon receiving a B.A. from Barnard College and J.D. from Brooklyn Law School, Hedin’s career began as a corporate and securities lawyer on the east coast. Prior to relocating to the West Coast in 2008, she was a partner with Kelley Drye & Warren LLP, where she began to develop her passion around poverty reduction and food security.
That interest propelled her to complete the Sustainable International Development Law LL.M. Program at the University of Washington School of Law in 2014, where she currently teaches a Global Development Law and Policy Workshop. Her passion is evident through her extensive service to local and international NGOs.
Hedin’s support for Heifer originated years ago supporting Heifer first during the holiday campaigns but then through some of their women’s empowering initiatives. In the past three years, she has targeted her support helping small farmers, through Heifer’s Small Holder Income and Nutrition Enhancement, or SHINE, program. In 2016, she visited program participants in Senegalese villages and met with Heifer’s team in Senegal.
In 2017, she developed a partnership with Heifer to give her students at the University of Washington Law School an opportunity to learn about its work and mission while providing research assistance to Heifer’s legal team on topics pertinent to the Accelerate strategy.
As a member of buildOn’s National Board of Directors, Hedin has traveled to Mali, Malawi, Burkina Faso, Senegal, Nepal, Haiti, and Nicaragua to help build primary schools. Her work has assisted the organization fulfill its mission of breaking the cycle of poverty, illiteracy and low expectations through service and education. She also serves on its Governance Committee.
In her local area, Hedin is a member, panelist and past speaker for Global Washington, an NGO with a vision to change the world for the better by strengthening Washington state’s vibrant global development community and increasing the impact of its members to improve lives around the globe. She is also a member of the World Affairs Council, a Seattle-based organization that has long dedicated itself to fostering a dialogue and debate about critical global issues.
Hedin also serves as a trustee at The Overlake School in Redmond, Washington, and is President of the Board, and Chair of its Governance Committee. Additionally, she serves on its Diversity, Development, Finance, and Capital Campaign Steering Committees.
As a co-owner of two family businesses, Hedin oversees legal, accounting and tax matters. She and her spouse Andy Gardner reside in the greater Seattle area with their two sons Bob and Harry. When she isn’t pursuing sustainable solutions to complex global issues, she also loves traveling, hiking, reading and spending time with her family.