Sandy Nessing, Vice President and Chief Sustainability Officer; American Electric Power Co. Inc.
With nearly 25 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 also chairs AEP’s Enterprise Sustainability Council and ESG team.
She is a versatile, high-performing leader with proven success inspiring, planning, directing, implementing, and managing enterprise sustainability, cultural change, stakeholder engagement and ESG/sustainability disclosure.
Nessing currently serves as President of the Board of Directors for NAEM, a national organization for environment, safety & health and sustainability professionals. In Columbus, Nessing serves as Secretary on the Franklin Park Conservatory Board of Trustees, one of the nation’s premier botanical gardens. She also is Executive Sponsor of the Ohio Chapter of the Women’s International Network of Utility Professionals.
Nessing leads AEP’s participation in the Electric Power Research Institute’s sustainability programs. She also serves on the Edison Electric Institute’s ESG/Sustainability Reporting Committee, which developed a groundbreaking sector-specific ESG/Sustainability Reporting Template for investors. She is also a member of EEI’s Customer Solutions Sustainability Subcommittee, and led AEP’s participation in development of an industry template for providing large customers with GHG emissions and renewable energy data.
Prior to joining AEP in 2006, Nessing led corporate communications for Yankee Energy System and Yankee Gas Services Company, which are now Eversource. She began her career in broadcast journalism and public relations. She is a graduate of the former Briarwood College in Southington, Connecticut.