IES Elects Tanya Hernandez to Serve on Board of Directors as At-Large Member

ATLANTA – June 24, 2021 -- Acuity Brands, Inc. (NYSE: AYI) announced today that Tanya Hernandez, Vice President of Government & Industry Relations, Acuity Brands Lighting, has been elected as an At-Large Member for the Illuminating Engineering Society (IES) Board of Directors. Effective as of July 1, Hernandez begins a two-year term on the Board.

“I am excited and honored to be elected to the IES Board of Directors,” said Hernandez. “I care deeply about the future of the lighting industry and believe the time is right to further its contribution to the world through service on the IES Board.”

Hernandez, a seven-year veteran at Acuity Brands Lighting, monitors, evaluates and influences legislation, regulatory activities, and industry standards development related to energy, environmental, and cybersecurity issues and provides strategic guidance to support internal teams.

Hernandez has a diverse background in lighting, including serving as technical lead on specification development for the EPA’s ENERGY STAR® Lighting Program. During her tenure as Design Principal/Owner at HART Design Group and Project Manager/Design Associate at Colorlume, she provided engineering and architectural lighting design services, including project management for new construction and renovation projects. In her many years at UL, she conducted countless lighting product investigations, certified products covered by various lighting equipment safety standards, and provided management and review oversight for engineering staff. She also authored UL’s preliminary construction and performance safety requirements for solid-state lighting product families.

Hernandez’s passion for lighting is demonstrated in her presentations at various venues including the IES Annual Conference, Lightfair International, and the World Energy Engineering Congress. She served three terms as President of the IES Raleigh Section, and several years as a member of the IES Testing Procedures Committee. She recently began a two-year term as Chair of the National Electrical Manufacturers Association’s (NEMA) Lighting System Division. She holds a B.S. in electrical engineering from North Carolina State University, is a registered professional engineer (PE), and is lighting certified (LC) with more than 20 years of experience in the lighting industry.

The IES Board of Directors is the Society's governing body, responsible for all legal and financial affairs of the Society. The Board of Directors is composed of members elected by the membership. The mission of the IES is to seek to improve the lighted environment by bringing together those with lighting knowledge and by translating that knowledge into actions that benefit the public. For more information about the IES, visit

About Acuity Brands

Acuity Brands, Inc. (NYSE: AYI) is a market-leading industrial technology company. We design, manufacture, and bring to market innovative products and services that make the world more brilliant, productive, and connected, including building management systems, lighting, lighting controls, and location-aware applications. Based in Atlanta, Georgia, with operations across North America, Europe, and Asia, we are powered by approximately 11,000 dedicated and talented associates. Visit us at

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