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Francheska Wilson is a Standout Engineer and a YMCA of Harlem Achiever in Industry

Brooklyn Resident and Bronx Native is a Key Player In Con Edison Clean Energy Transition and Safe, Reliable Service

An engineer who uses her talents to help Con Edison keep service safe and reliable and transition to clean energy has earned recognition as an Achiever in Industry from the Harlem YMCA.

Francheska Wilson, whose work the past 23 years has touched every part of Con Edison’s expansive electric delivery system, won the honor from the Y’s bai program. 

The program, formerly called Black Achievers in Industry, recognizes leaders in business for their contributions at work and in the community and for their ethical behavior. 

“It’s truly rewarding to receive this honor from the Harlem YMCA, an organization deeply rooted in the community, with a rich history of empowering young people to overcome obstacles and pursue their dreams” said Wilson, who joined Con Edison in June 2001. “I share this award with my colleagues here at Con Edison who are dedicated to supplying reliable service for our customers and also share a passion for mentoring and community service.” 

She said the award is especially meaningful because the Harlem Y was part of her commute from the Soundview section of the Bronx to A. Philip Randolph Campus High School as a teenager.

“That walk up the hill from the 2 Train at 135th Street was no joke”, she remembered with a chuckle. “High school was when I started envisioning my future. The Harlem Y is part of the landscape of that pivotal time in my life.”

Wilson, who now lives in the Crown Heights neighborhood in Brooklyn, was initially exposed to opportunities in STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) during junior high school with the support of guidance counselors and teachers, as she excelled in math and science.

“A Career Day, where a local professional shared his experiences, planted the idea of an engineering career in my mind,” she said. “I thought, ‘I can do that’.’”

“Our customers and company benefit every day from Francheska’s talent, dedication and example,” said Patrick Williams, a general manager in System and Transmission Operations and Wilson’s supervisor. “It takes true professionals like Francheska to run our complex electric delivery system, so that we can maintain our industry-leading reliability.”

Leo B. Marsh, the first Black president of the Association of the YMCA, founded the bai program in 1971 to help underserved teens prepare for college and explore careers. The program provides mentoring, tours of Historically Black Colleges and Universities, corporate scholarships and corporate internships. Students can get scholarships to put toward college.

Wilson has held numerous jobs at Con Edison, where she went to work after getting her bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering at Polytechnic University (now called the New York University Tandon School of Engineering) in Brooklyn.

She is now the chief district operator in System & Transmission Operations, where her duties include working on the company’s capital investment strategy to support the state’s ambitious climate law, the Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act.

Wilson has managed substations in the Bronx and Manhattan and the electric control room in Manhattan, which dispatches crews to perform maintenance on the electric delivery system or respond to service issues. She has also designed major upgrades to the system in New York City and Westchester County.

Con Edison is a subsidiary of Consolidated Edison, Inc. [NYSE: ED], one of the nation’s largest investor-owned energy companies, with approximately $15 billion in annual revenues and $66 billion in assets.  The utility delivers electricity, natural gas and steam, and serves 3.6 million customers in New York City and Westchester County. For financial, operations and customer service information, visit For energy efficiency information, visit