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Utility communications veteran brings nearly 30 years of experience to cooperative

Hillsboro, Oregon — One of the most well-known and respected voices in consumer-owned utility communications is set to join Pioneer Utility Resources.

Anne Harvey, currently the Senior Director of Member Relations and Communications for Touchstone Energy® Cooperative, Inc., will join Hillsboro, Oregon-based Pioneer as its Senior Vice President for Member Solutions starting May 16. She has been with the Touchstone Energy brand since 2015.

Prior to joining Touchstone Energy, Harvey spent more than 20 years managing strategic communications and business development at the nation’s largest electric cooperative, Pedernales Electric Cooperative in Texas. She holds a bachelor's degree in communications (with a public relations emphasis) from Marquette University in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

“Anne Harvey is the perfect fit for the Pioneer family of companies, our members, and our clients,” said Pioneer CEO Michael Shepard. “She brings to us a wealth of experience and knowledge of consumer-owned utilities (particularly cooperatives), a passion for communications and communicators, and a deep desire to help Pioneer deliver on our mission of helping rural utilities tell their story.”

Said Harvey, “My entire 30-year career has been spent at member-owned organizations, and I am truly passionate about the benefits of the cooperative and public power business model. This is an exciting period in Pioneer’s history, and I am thrilled to have this opportunity to work alongside this team to support our membership.” Pioneer's expertise in the burgeoning nationwide effort to bring broadband internet capabilities to rural America was another draw for Harvey.

Harvey’s arrival comes at a time of continued growth for Pioneer, which was founded in 1956 as a cooperative to help electric utilities more effectively communicate with their consumers. She assumes the role formerly held by Andy Neidert, who sought a more member/client-facing leadership role within Pioneer. “Having Anne and Andy both as part of our member services leadership is a huge win for Pioneer,” said Shepard.

“Our not-for-profit cooperative exists to provide exceptional and affordable communications support, broadband marketing, energy efficiency programs everywhere, and independent reporting on the Western energy industry,” Shepard added. “And with Anne joining our already stellar Member Solutions team, they are poised to help us partner with even more cooperatives and other consumer-owned utilities.”

About Pioneer Utility Resources: Pioneer is a not-for-profit communications cooperative based in Hillsboro, Oregon. Formed in 1956, it provides agency-style communications services to consumer-owned utilities and affiliated organizations in 46 states, the District of Columbia, and Canada. Marquee products and services include 11 consumer magazine brands reaching more than 1.3 million U.S. utility households. The cooperative also provides broadband marketing, social media engagement, responsive website design and hosting, podcast production, and custom communications services. Pioneer is built to share member stories.

Pioneer also owns Efficiency Services Group, which specializes in support and installation services for utility energy efficiency efforts, primarily in the West, and NewsData, which publishes industry-leading, independent newsletters covering the utility sector in California and the Pacific Northwest. Pioneer is also the largest shareholder in General Pacific, a Fairview, Oregon-based electric supply company. Learn more at