About Our Chapter
The Women’s Energy Network launched the Greater Albany Chapter in 2018. Boasting a potential initial roster of more than 60 professional women from across the Capital Region, the Greater Albany Chapter was founded to further the mission of the national organization by providing networking opportunities and fostering career and leadership development to members who work in and around the energy industry.
Michelle Hook, Vice President of Public Affairs for Danskammer Energy, LLC, was named President of the new chapter. The six-member initial board also included Alexandra Moore of the Roffe Group P.C. as President Elect; Laura Mona of Phillips Lytle, LLP as Treasurer; Devlyn Tedesco of Couch White, LLP as Secretary; Caley Taratus of the Roffe Group P.C. as Marketing Director; Diane X. Burman of the Public Service Commission as Educational Programs Director; and Sara Futia of General Electric as Membership Director.
“Every day, more and more professional women join the energy industry, but the reality is that we’re still a small percentage of the workforce, so there’s a need for a support system,” Hook said. “This organization is essential for the Capital Region because not only do we have a huge energy industry presence here – not to mention government and policy experts – but also because women working in this field can educate each other, support one another, and even just appreciate the challenges we as women face in both the energy industry and in the workforce at large.”
The chapter continues to grow. Membership for the Greater Albany Chapter of WEN is open to women who work in the energy field, including government affairs professionals, lawyers, environmental groups and other affiliated careers, in addition to women who work for energy companies and in state government. Already, the chapter boasts strong representation among energy-sector entities, as well as government and policy groups, law firms, energy advocacy groups and environmental organizations.