How did you get your start at NYSERDA?
I always knew I wanted to work in the energy field. I went to Union College for Environmental Studies and Energy and my advisor recommended I apply to NYSERDA. During college, I worked at NYSERDA as an intern for NYSERDA’s Existing Facilities Program. After my internship ended, I was hired as an Assistant Project Manager for the Existing Facilities Program in Albany and then moved to our New York City office to work on the New Construction Program. I grew up in Westchester County.
What are your primary work duties?
Currently, I manage the New Construction Program (NCP) projects focusing on hospitals and universities in New York City. The construction market is picking up in the City, and as hospitals and universities design their capital plans, NYSERDA is there to assist in the development of these plans.
What do you enjoy most about your role?
I enjoy the people I work with the most. They are smart, enthusiastic and dedicated to their jobs. It’s a great environment and I look forward to coming to work every day. I also like to see the support we provide make a difference in people’s everyday lives. It’s very satisfying to go on a walkthrough of a building and see firsthand the benefits the energy efficiency improvements provide them.
What are you most proud of professionally & personally?
I’m proud of the work we do here and the impact it has on people and the environment. I love working with the customers and helping them make decisions that lead to improvements which make a difference. They really appreciate our expertise and efforts.
Personally, I’m proud that I received my certifications for becoming a Certified Energy Manager and LEED Green Associate. Taking those exams put me back into school mode. Also in the midst of this, I planned my wedding and recently got married. We also have CitiBike accounts (the NYC bike share program) and I’m finally becoming comfortable riding a bike in a car-dominated city.