Jennefer Klennert Joins HDR’s Growing Waste Practice

Jennefer Klennert HDR
Jennefer Klennert

Jennefer Klennert is the new North Central solid waste planning lead for global engineering and architecture firm HDR. Based in Minneapolis, Klennert is focused on fostering lifelong client relationships to grow the firm’s highly ranked waste practice in the region and applying her unique technical capabilities across North America.

“I’m thrilled to be a part of large practice solving global issues,” Klennert said. “I thrive on always learning and look forward to working with both new clients and longtime partners to solve complex waste challenges.”

Klennert grew up in the waste industry and has nearly 30 years of experience. She spent more than 20 years at Waste Management and Advanced Disposal developing and expanding solid waste and recycling services to municipal clients. For the last seven years she led and grew a diverse team at a regional consulting firm, evaluating and designing contracted and municipally run collection programs. She assisted with evaluation and due diligence for purchase of a 500,000 ton per year waste processing facility by a public agency and assisted with future planning to pivot waste to a resource through alternative and future technologies.

“Clients look forward to working with Jennefer because her ambition, depth of knowledge and ability to build genuine, lasting relationships bring great results,” said Doug DeCesare, HDR's director of solid waste services. “She’s a true partner to clients and team members, always focused on working together to achieve success.”

Klennert holds a master’s degree in technical communications from Metropolitan State University and a bachelor’s degree in environmental science from the University of Minnesota. She’s pursuing an EMBA at the University of Minnesota’s Carlson School of Management. An active SWANA member, Klennert has served as a regional president and in several leadership roles. She’s also served as a mentor for the University of Minnesota College of Food, Agriculture and Natural Resources since 2012.