Sandy Nessing

Managing Director Corporate Sustainability; NAEM President
American Electric Power Co. Inc.
With more than 20 years in the utility industry, Sandy Nessing has responsibility for managing sustainability strategy, corporate stakeholder engagement and annual performance reporting for American Electric Power (AEP). She oversees annual production of AEP's Corporate Accountability Report, including a dedicated sustainability web site. Nessing chairs AEP's Enterprise Sustainability Council.

She facilitates cross-functional collaboration on sustainability issues across AEP to raise awareness of the interdependencies of functions, resources and issues while providing guidance on externalities that could affect business results or operations. She also facilitates advocacy opportunities and relationships to support AEP's business strategy. She is a Master Culture Champion for AEP, working to encourage a culture that aligns business strategies with employee engagement and performance recognition. 

She leads AEP's participation in the Electric Power Research Institute's (EPRI) Energy Sustainability Interest Group (ESIG), serving as co-chair of its Voluntary Reporting Working Group. She was chair of ESIG in 2013. Among the group's work includes completion of an industry-wide priority issue assessment and the development of industry-wide performance metrics. In 2016, EPRI published a book, "Sustainable Electricity: Case Studies from Electric Power Companies in North America;" Nessing authored a chapter on corporate culture and stakeholder engagement at AEP. She also serves on the EPRI Benchmarking Forum Steering Committee. Currently, she is serving on the Edison Electric Institute's ESG/Sustainability Reporting Steering Committee, which developed a sector-specific ESG/Sustainability Reporting Template for investors. In addition, she serves on the World Resources Institute's Clean Power Council, a two-year collaboration between WRI, electric utilities and large commercial and industrial customers. She is an executive champion for the Ohio chapter of Women in Utilities Professionals (WiNUP).

In Columbus, Nessing serves as Secretary on the Franklin Park Conservatory Board of Trustees, one of the nation's premier botanical gardens. In addition, she is a Keyholder Advocate for The Women's Fund of Central Ohio and a member of the United Way of Central Ohio's Women's Leadership Council. She also serves as President of the Board of Directors for NAEM, a national organization for environment, safety & health and sustainability professionals. Previously, she served nine years on the Grange Insurance Audubon Center Stewardship Board, where she was president of the Board for two years.

Prior to joining AEP in February 2006, she was manager of Corporate Communications for Yankee Gas Services Company, part of the Northeast Utilities System (now EverSource) for nine years. Before her work in the utility industry, she was senior public information specialist for the Saint Raphael Healthcare System in New Haven, Conn. (now part of Yale-New Haven) and spent 12 years as a broadcast journalist in Connecticut, holding positions that included news director, anchor and reporter. She is a graduate of Briarwood College in Southington, Connecticut.

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