Based in: Seattle, Washington
Board member since: 2017
Board Position: Chair, At-Large Director
Since 2008, Randi has dedicated her career to building economic empowerment solutions for global communities. Randi joined Heifer’s Board of Directors in 2017 and is currently the Board’s Chair. Hedin has focused her efforts with Heifer by supporting smallholder farmers, including women entrepreneurs and community leaders, to achieve a living income. She has traveled with Heifer staff to various cooperatives in Senegal and Nepal to see first-hand the work done on the ground and to raise awareness about issues facing smallholder farmers.
Hedin began her career as a corporate and securities lawyer and served as a partner with Kelley Drye & Warren LLP. Hedin completed 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. As part of her workshop, she has enabled student partnerships with a variety of NGOs, including Heifer, to expose students to the breadth and depth of NGO work around the world. In 2021 she received her Master of Arts in International Studies at the Henry M. Jackson School of International Studies at UW, where she focused on international development. Randi received a BA from Barnard College and a JD from Brooklyn Law School.
As a member of buildOn’s National Board of Directors since 2009, Hedin has helped to build primary schools in Mali, Malawi, Burkina Faso, Senegal, Nepal, Haiti, and Nicaragua. Hedin is a member of the Governance Committee. Hedin is also a member and former speaker for Global Washington, a nongovernmental organization committed to improving lives around the globe by strengthening the vibrant global development community in the state of Washington. In addition, she is a member of the World Affairs Council, a Seattle-based organization that fosters a dialogue about critical global issues.
She and her spouse reside in the greater Seattle area and have two sons and two dogs. She loves traveling, hiking, reading, and spending time with her family.