Tracey A. Edwards is Commissioner of the New York State Public Service Commission. The primary mission of the New York State Department of Public Service is to ensure secure, and reliable access to electric, gas, steam, telecommunications, and water services for New York State's residential and business consumers, while protecting the natural environment.
After many years as a corporate executive, Tracey started her own consulting company, focused on branding, diversity, organizational, workforce and economic development.
Ms. Edwards retired from Verizon Communications in 2015 after 37 years. As Region President, she led a team of 4,000 employees responsible for field operations of voice, broadband, and video services across New York State. During Superstorm Sandy, Ms. Edwards led the Manhattan, Queens, and Staten Island teams that restored service to thousands of businesses and consumers throughout the metropolitan area. Additionally, she served as President of the Empire City Subway Company, a subsidiary of Verizon that specializes in subsurface engineering and construction services where she was responsible for building and maintaining conduit and manhole infrastructure in Manhattan and the Bronx.
Prior to moving to field operations, Tracey was Vice President of Staffing and Diversity, responsible for Human Resource policies, Ethics, College Recruiting, Staffing and Diversity, and EEO compliance for Verizon.
In 2012, Ms. Edwards was elected to the Huntington Town Council, where she spearheaded the creation of the Huntington Opportunity Resource Center in partnership with Suffolk County. The Resource Center focuses on providing services to unemployed and underemployed residents, including; job preparation, access to job training, development of life skills, and access to not-for-profit assistance, breaking barriers, immigration rights, and pre-apprentice training.
Ms. Edwards serves as Long Island Regional Director of the NAACP. Appointed by Hazel Dukes, President of NAACP New York State Conference, Tracey supports ten branches in Nassau and Suffolk focused on education, voting rights and civic engagement, public safety, and criminal justice, economic empowerment, health, and environmental justice.
Tracey is former executive director of Habitat of Humanity of Suffolk, Past President of the Melville Lions Club and currently on the Board of Directors of the United Way of Long Island and New Hour for Women and Children –LI.
Tracey is a breast cancer survivor, proud mother of 3 and grandmother of 3. Tracey and her husband reside in Dix Hills, New York.