Seattle City (spot)Light: Carli Jensen, Employee Relations Advisor

The Basics
Years of Service: Two
Division: Employee Relations
Role: My work includes advising management and employees, responding to escalated workplace issues, and conducting workplace investigations. During the pandemic, I have also done rapid response, outreach, and contact tracing, to help our employees during this difficult time. I try to approach everything I do with kindness and authenticity, and I hope that results in leaving Seattle City Light an even better workplace than I found it.

Background
Hometown:
I was born and raised here in Seattle. I grew up in Ballard and went to Ballard High School (Go Beavers!).
Alma Mater: I went to Western Washington University in Bellingham, and then to the University of Washington School of Law.
Discipline/Trade of Study: As an undergrad, I studied human cognition. At the time, I planned to be a psychology researcher and professor. After I graduated from Western, I took some time off to decide on my next steps, and ultimately landed on law school rather than academia. In law school, I focused on environmental, natural resources, and energy law.
Tell us about your family: My husband, CJ, and I have three cats: Sookie, Bear, and Zissou. If you’re lucky, you may catch a cat cameo on a Teams meeting with me.

“One of my main goals is to use my career to help fight climate change. I am so happy to be working for a green utility like City Light where I can be part of that important work by supporting our employees.”

Just for Fun

Where do you live and what’s something you love about the area? We live in Issaquah, and I love being so close to nature out here. There are breathtaking mountain views and sunsets, and hiking and biking trails right in our back yard. I have to say, I’m disappointed that I haven’t seen a single bear since we’ve lived out here, but I have high hopes this spring!

What are some of your favorite activities/hobbies? I have a really diverse set of interests and hobbies. A few of my favorites are mountain and gravel biking (I have a Kona Big Honzo and an All-City Gorilla Monsoon, for any other bike nerds out there), reading and writing fiction, camping, and re-learning all the French I’ve forgotten since high school. During the pandemic, I have discovered cooking and Dungeons & Dragons (which, surprisingly, does not always take place in a dungeon!).

If you could have any job for only one day, what would it be and why? This is a tough one, because I want to do everything. Today, my answer is being a wildlife photographer who gets to travel to remote locations and have encounters with rare animals. If you share this interest, I recommend following Paul Nicklen and Cristina Mittermeier on Instagram for some great photos.

What brought/attracted you to City Light? I have family members who previously worked for City Light, and some who are still working here. Their positive experiences always made me interested in working for City Light. I was also drawn to City Light because of the utility’s value of Environmental Stewardship, and I am thrilled to have the opportunity to work for a utility that provides clean energy while protecting and preserving the environment.