Pawling Resident Lisa Payne Wansley was recently honored by City and State New York Magazine in recognition of women who have put forth tremendous effort to positively impact society through their work in non-profit and public sectors. She is the Vice President of Environmental Justice and Sustainability at the New York Power Authority, and has proudly called Pawling home for the past three years.
People. Community. Justice. These words best capture the essence of Lisa Payne Wansley’s 35-year career as a public servant. Throughout her career, she has always made it her mission to empower people through education by advocating for programs and services to improve disadvantaged communities.
After several years working in the not-for-profit & educational sectors, Lisa became the Director of Public Affairs at the Bronx Museum of the Arts. Her career in government began when she was selected by Governor Mario M. Cuomo to be his Regional Representative in the Bronx. While Director of Community Affairs for the Office of the Bronx District Attorney, Governor David Patterson appointed Lisa to the Juvenile Justice Advisory Board in recognition of her work in launching youth diversion and prevention programs. In 2005, Lisa was promoted to Administrative Chief to the District Attorney.
Following her retirement from the Office of the Bronx District Attorney after 21 years, Lisa joined the New York Power (NYPA) as the Vice President, Environmental Justice and Sustainability. At NYPA, Lisa ‘s vision and public policy expertise has resulted in one of the most innovative, community-driven Environmental Justice (EJ) programs in the electric utility industry. In only three years, NYPA’s EJ program has touched the lives of over 20,000 New Yorkers who live in historically marginalized and underserved communities. Based on her lifelong belief that education equals empowerment, NYPA’s EJ program provides STEM educational enrichment to students in grades K- 12, adult energy literacy and weatherization workshops, career preparedness forums for college students, educator support, energy services programs, and community outreach and advocacy.
Under her leadership as Vice President, Sustainability, Lisa has implemented NYPA first program to embed sustainable practices into all areas of NYPA’s operations. The Sustainability program tracks NYPA’s and the States progress toward energy goals by providing objective, scientific view of climate change and its political and economic impacts.
In addition to her work with NYPA, Lisa is also a trusted Almoner for the Havens Relief Fund Society. In this capacity, she plays a key role in identifying and providing discreet emergency funds to individuals who work or live in low-income communities and are in an acute state of crisis. Lisa lives in Pawling with her husband Terrance, a retired New York City Police detective.