WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. -- Friends of Westchester County Parks has announced Joanne Fernandez, manager of government affairs at Entergy, as its new chairperson of the board of directors.
Fernandez’s appointment comes after Elizabeth Bracken-Thompson’s decision to step down as chairperson after six years. This is Fernandez’s fourth year on the Friends board of directors.
“As a longtime member of the Friends board, I have seen impressive work that has been accomplished by the organization and its members,” said Fernandez. “I look forward to building upon Friends’ successes as we continue to collaborate with our members and communities to keep our 18,000 acres of open space green and growing.”
As manager of government affairs at Entergy in Cortlandt, Fernandez has direct responsibility for managing day-to-day state and local government relations including legislative affairs, advocacy and political activities within New York state.
Her 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: an Outstanding Women Business Leader by the New York City Hispanic Chamber of Commerce; a Rising Star by the Business Council of Westchester; a Visionary Leader by Kids Xpress Magazine; and the Green Friend of the year award from the Volunteer Center of the United Way. In addition, she serves as an executive board member of the Greater New York American Red Cross.
“Friends is privileged to have Joanne lead our board," said Executive Director Joe Stout. "She understands the challenges we face and brings a passion for innovation and service excellence, both of which will strengthen our mission.”
A native New Yorker, Fernandez graduated magna cum laude from the State University of New York at Albany with a bachelor’s degree in political science, Latin American studies, a minor in economics and a master’s degree in public policy.