Jennifer W. Pegher, MA, is the new executive director of the Association of American Cancer Institutes (AACI). She is AACI’s second executive director in its 19-year history and succeeds its founding executive director, Barbara Duffy Stewart, who retired earlier this month.
Jennifer has been with AACI for six years, most recently serving as the association’s deputy director. Previously, she managed AACI’s government relations efforts. She holds a master’s degree in government from the Johns Hopkins University and has deep experience in Washington, DC, having worked for former Congressman Philip S. English of Pennsylvania and the National Association of Federally-Insured Credit Unions (formerly the National Association of Federal Credit Unions). Before joining AACI, she served as executive director of the Western Pennsylvania Chapter of the National Hemophilia Foundation.
“The Executive Committee of the AACI Board of Directors and I are delighted that we were able to identify someone with the talent, experience, and leadership capabilities of Jen Pegher to assume the role of executive director upon Barbara Duffy Stewart’s retirement,” said AACI President Roy A. Jensen, MD. “Barbara is an icon in the cancer centers community, but I sincerely believe that we have found the one person capable of carrying on Barbara’s legacy in the vital role of executive director of AACI. The fact that we have watched Jen grow into this position—and while doing so demonstrate a profound commitment to our organization, the nation’s leading cancer centers, and the patients that those centers serve—is very reassuring. We are all excited to welcome Jen into her new role for our organization.”