Ms. Joanne Fernandez is the Manager of Government Affairs Entergy. Joining Entergy in 2006, Ms. Fernandez has direct responsibility for managing Entergy’s day-to-day state and local government relations including legislative affairs, advocacy and political activities within New York State. She is responsible for issue management, coalition building, grassroots mobilization, trade organizations, lobbying and political action for the Entergy business organization.
Joanne’s work in the community helps to support important local community programs and not-for-profit organizations. She has been recognized for achievement and outstanding corporate citizenship by numerous organizations including: as an “Outstanding Women Business Leader” by the NYC Hispanic Chamber of Commerce; as a “Rising Star” by the Business Council of Westchester; as a “Visionary Leader” by Kids Xpress Magazine; “Best Green Friend” by Westchester Parks Foundation; and the Volunteer Center of the United Way. In addition, Joanne serves as an Executive Board Member of Westchester Parks Foundation and the Greater New York American Red Cross.
Her professional associations include the New York Building Congress, the Business Council of Westchester, the New York League of Conservation Voters, and the Business Council of New York State. She is also a member of the Brooklyn Technical High School Alumni Association and 100 Hispanic Women.
Ms. Fernandez brought extensive public policy experience to Entergy. She served as the Director of Legislative Affairs for Governor George Pataki; as a legislative assistant in the New York State Assembly Majority and in the New York State Senate Majority.
A native New Yorker, Joanne graduated magna cum laude from the State University of New York at Albany with a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science and Latin American Studies with a minor in Economics and a Master’s Degree in Public Policy.