Jen Becker is a Senior Fellow for Economic Development at Pratt Center, with over two decades of experience developing public policy and programs to advance sustainable urban development, particularly around issues of green jobs, clean energy and manufacturing. Jen continues to work on sustainability and economic development issues including stemming displacement pressure on local businesses and overseeing a body of work related to residential energy efficiency.
In the past years, Jen served as the Chief Sustainability Manager for the New York Power Authority (NYPA), the country’s largest publicly-owned utility, and was responsible for developing and implementing sustainability efforts across all departments. Prior to NYPA, she was the Vice President of Clean Energy and Sustainability for the New York City Economic Development Corporation and a key contributor to PlaNYC, the city’s long-term sustainability plan. She also teaches in Pratt Institute’s graduate City and Regional Planning program.Jen holds a M.S. in City and Regional Planning from Pratt Institute and a B.A. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She is an alum of the Coro Leadership NY program.
Jen was a long-time Brooklyn resident, but recently moved to New Jersey, where she is involved in the local schools and actively supports local businesses. She still makes sure to frequent her beloved Brooklyn restaurants and stores whenever possible.