Business Person of the Year: Jen Hensley

Jen Hensley, Senior VP of Corporate Affairs at Con Edison

With a role centered on engaging with customers, elected officials, and other stakeholders about Con Ed’s work towards a clean energy future for New York, Hensley takes the charge of strengthening the city’s grid seriously. “If you care about New York and you care about the future of our planet, Con Edison is at the center of that challenge,” she said. “It’s incredibly exciting to be a part of it.”

“I believe deeply that those New Yorkers who are the most impacted by the effects of climate change should be at the center of shaping our clean energy future,” Hensley continued. “Whether it’s working to provide renewable energy to historically disadvantaged communities or creating opportunities for diverse students and young people to acquire the skills and training needed to succeed in green energy careers, it’s incredibly rewarding to be working with our community partners to make sure that every New Yorker can benefit from the clean energy transition.”

Two of Con Ed’s projects from the past year stand out as particularly important to Hensley: the energy company worked in both Astoria and Vinegar Hill to direct more clean energy to homes and businesses, helping to facilitate the closure of fossil fuel plants. In Astoria, Con Ed opened a new transmission line to get the job done.

“Finished on-time and on-budget, the project was a $275 million investment, and is part of our larger Reliable Clean City initiative,” Hensley said. 

A self-proclaimed ‘Queens Mom,’ Hensley loves where she lives. 

“I’ve lived in the same four-block radius in Astoria since 2002, and it’s the diversity of Queens that drew me here, and made me want to grow my family here,” she said. “There’s a reason why it’s called ‘The World’s Borough’…the ease of access to Manhattan coupled with the local charm and sense of community makes Queens a truly remarkable place to call home.”

Hensley said that being recognized as a Business Person of the Year by the Queens Chamber of Commerce is “a great honor,” both for her and Con Ed as a whole.

“The Chamber unites the very best of Queens in a collective effort to enhance economic vitality and community welfare,” Hensley said. “We are grateful for the Chamber’s continued leadership and support.”


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