Wind energy company Ørsted announced Wednesday the hiring of Allison Ziogas to serve as its U.S. labor relations manager.
Ziogas comes to Ørsted from an International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers minority-certified, full-service contractor. She will lead engagement with union representatives as Orsted seeks to develop the largest portfolio of domestic offshore wind projects.
She will also be responsible for building relationships with trade union representatives at the state and national levels and negotiating agreements, as well as disseminating information throughout the company, and with vendors, to ensure Ørsted’s labor policies are adhered to in all procurement, construction and operational activities.
While Ziogas’ background is in the trades, she has always had a passion for sustainability, and has spoken at events such as the New York City Climate March and for organizations like the Century Foundation. In 2019 she was the recipient of the Climate Justice Hero Award, given by the Climate Jobs NY coalition.
Before coming to Ørsted, Ziogas served as an electrical foreman at A Tech Electric Enterprises Inc. in the Bronx, N.Y. She worked as a union organizer for the Teamsters and has vast experience working on labor relations matters, including serving on the NYC Central Labor Council Planning Committee and as a delegate to the IBEW Women’s Conference.
Denmark-based Orsted’s bid to develop 1,100 MW of wind energy 15 miles off the coast of Atlantic City was approved in June by the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities That project alone, called Ocean Wind, could generate $1.17 billion of economic benefits and power 500,000 New Jersey homes once completed in 2024.