Ms. Pederson joined the NRC in 1983 as a Resident Inspector. Since that time she held a number of progressively responsible positions including Chief, Technical Support Staff, Director of the Enforcement and Investigation Coordination Staff, and Chief of the Reactor Support Programs Branch. Since being selected into the Senior Executive Service in November 1994, Ms. Pederson has served as Deputy Director, Division of Reactor Safety, Director, Division of Nuclear Materials Safety, Director, Division of Reactor Safety and the Director, Division of Reactor Projects. She assumed her current position of Deputy Regional Administrator, Region III, in July 2009. Ms. Pederson graduated from the University of Minnesota with a B.S. in Chemical Engineering and is a recipient of the Presidential Meritorious Rank Award.