Janet L. Sena joined NERC, where she currently serves as senior vice president and director of Policy and External Affairs, in January 2010 with more than 25 years’ experience in state and federal work in the energy, environment, and economic development arena. Prior to joining NERC, she served as vice president for TECO Energy’s federal affairs office. She was responsible for reviewing and evaluating legislative and administrative policies, identifying their impact on the company and its subsidiaries, and devising a strategy for the successful advocacy and resolution of those issues. Mrs. Sena opened TECO’s first Washington office and developed its legislative team, including consultants, managed its budget, and advised the company’s political action committee.
Before joining TECO Energy, Mrs. Sena was director of state government affairs for Edison Mission Energy, one of the country’s largest independent power producers. She established the government relations operations in six states for the company and coordinated these efforts with the company’s national and international strategies.
Prior to Edison Mission Energy, Sena lobbied for energy clients at Skadden Arps Meagher and From Law Firm in Washington D.C. She came to Skadden from Senator Robert Dole’s staff where she served as legislative assistance for energy and environment issues. She managed the Senator’s agenda for energy, environment, transportation, small business, and regulatory reform issues. In addition, Mrs. Sena advised Senator Dole’s 1996 presidential campaign on these issues. Before working for Senator Dole, she managed more than $12 million dollars in Hurricane Iniki economic development grants while living in Hawaii.
Mrs. Sena first came to Washington, D.C., in 1989 from Indiana to serve on the Senate Agriculture Committee for Senator Richard Lugar. She was responsible for rural electric utility, telecommunications, and economic development issues for the committee. Prior to working for Senator Lugar, she worked for Lt. Governor John Mutz from 1984–1989 as his representative in the Indiana State Senate. She joined the Lt. Governor’s office after being selected as a Governor’s Fellow for Governor Robert Orr in 1983. Mrs. Sena graduated cum laude from Hanover College in Hanover, Indiana, with a bachelor’s degree in Communications.