Vice President, External Affairs
Christopher Hahn is the Vice President of External Affairs for PSEG Long Island where he and his team of professionals are responsible for developing and implementing PSEG Long Island’s Public Policy, Outreach and Communication Strategies and managing the contractual relationship with the Long Island Power Authority. Prior to joining PSEG LI, Christopher was Senior VP for Public Policy at Tonio Burgos & Associates where he worked with major National and International clients including Exelon, Williams, National Grid, Red Bull, Suez, Deep Water Wind, FedEx among others.
Christopher’s skill in dealing with public policy issues was honed during five years he served as a senior aide to United States Sen. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.). During that time, his responsibilities included dealing with post 9/11 Homeland Security activities, domestic policy, federal energy and environmental matters and economic development. His responsibilities included coordinating regional, federal, state and local inter-agency initiatives. Hahn helped shape the Senator’s public policy agenda.
As Chief Deputy County Executive for Nassau County, Chris was the senior appointed official under County Executive Thomas Suozzi. Chris was primarily responsible for directing and managing the daily administration, communications and operations of county government. Nassau County had a $2.6 billion budget, 8,700 employees and 47 departments. Duties included dealing with the entire legislative agenda, overseeing contracts, personnel decisions, coordination with federal, state and local governments and officials, supervision of all communications and press activities and the preparation and management of the budget. Appointed at the age of 33, Christopher was the youngest person in the history of Nassau County to hold the position of Chief Deputy County Executive.
As the President and CEO of the United Way of Long Island, he oversaw the operational management and fundraising activities of the organization. By leading their strategic planning, he completed the conversion to the National Community Impact Model.
Christopher is a former adjunct professor of Political Science at Hofstra University and former member of the Long Island Power Authority (LIPA) Board.
Christopher serves on the boards of Stony Brook University, The Long Island Association and The Long Island Housing Partnership.
He is an avid runner and triathlete. Chris was born and raised on Long Island and lives in Setauket with his wife Kara, two daughters and their two golden retrievers.
Christopher earned his B.A. at the University at Albany, and his J.D. at St. John’s University School of Law.