Inspiring girls on Long Island to be strong, smart and bold.
Girls Inc. of Long Island Co-Chair
Community and Customer Service Manager, National Grid
I believe the programs offered by Girls Inc. Long Island are very valuable and I want the girls to have the same opportunities that I had, and my daughters have today. When I heard about Girls Inc. Long Island, I felt an immediate connection. I joined the board because I believe the programs offered to these girls is extremely valuable. I was fortunate to grow up in a household with parents who encouraged my sisters and I from an early age to work hard, and believe in yourself. I want every girl to have the same opportunities that I had growing up, and that my daughters have today. I knew that I could help share my experience and knowledge to help the organization grow and thrive. Working at National Grid allows me the opportunity to introduce young ladies to the energy field and hopefully inspire them.
Kathy Wisnewski is the Manager of Community and Customer Management for Long Island at National Grid. National Grid, New York has 1.6 million electricity customers in upstate New York and 2.3 million natural gas customers statewide. Kathy joined National Grid in 1989 as a Conservation Energy Specialist. In her 25 years with National Grid, she has since held management positions in Gas Sales and Marketing for both residential new construction and commercial gas sales, Electric Sales and Marketing, and in Major Accounts representing LIPA and National Grid. In her current role, Kathy is responsible for managing key government, customer and community stakeholder relationships in Nassau County. In addition, Kathy promotes Science,Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) learning and looks to create opportunities for youth in her local community. In the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy, Kathy, along with her National Grid colleagues, were embedded in the devastated community of Long Beach. As part of National Grid’s community liaison program, they distributed thousands of blankets, cleaning products, toiletries, flashlights, batteries and more. They were stationed at the Martin Luther King Center to offer support to the community and went door-to-door to talk to residents without gas and electric service. Kathy worked with her team to facilitate over $1.8 million in grants to Long Beach and Island Park small businesses that qualified for the National Grid Emergency Economic Development Program. In addition to serving on the board of Girls Inc. Long Island, Kathy is also on the board of Vision LI, as well as an advisory board member for New Ground, Inc.