INTREN Hires Jennifer Ballard Croft as Chief Legal & HR Officer

Formerly the Chief of Staff/Chief Diversity Officer for the Cook County State's Attorney's Office, Ballard Croft Tasked with Leading Legal and Human Resources Throughout the Energy Solutions Company

January 25, 2021 7:00 AM EST

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UNION, Ill., Jan. 25, 2021 /PRNewswire/ -- INTREN, one of the country's largest women-owned utility specialty companies announced today the addition of Jennifer Ballard Croft in the newly created Chief Legal & HR Officer position.  Most recently, the Chief of Staff and the Chief Diversity Officer for the Cook County State's Attorney's Office, Ballard Croft will be responsible for leading the strategic direction of INTREN's legal and human resources organizations which includes managing legal compliance for the company, directing INTREN's strategic legal initiatives, as well as overseeing talent management, leadership development, compensation and benefits. In this position, Ballard Croft will also execute DE&I strategies for the recruitment and retention of diverse talent and develop policies to foster a culture of inclusion at INTREN.

One of the country's largest women-owned utility specialty companies announced the addition of Jennifer Ballard Croft

"I am excited to welcome Jennifer into her new role," said Sherina Edwards, INTREN CEO. "She will be a critical partner as we continue to transform INTREN into the innovative and forward-thinking organization we are striving to be. Her expertise in employment and labor relations combined with her intellectual ability and bias for thoughtful action will serve us well in our journey to grow both organically and acquisitively."

Prior to entering public service, Jennifer was a Partner at Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP where she focused her practice in the areas of labor and employment litigation and counseling. She is also a nationally recognized speaker and published author.

Jennifer applies her leadership expertise by volunteering with numerous civic organizations across the city of Chicago.  She is a 2019 Fellow of Leadership Greater Chicago and serves on the Board of Directors of Growing Home, the first and only USDA-certified organic high-production farm in the city of Chicago.  

Jennifer earned her Juris Doctor with a certificate in Health Law from Loyola University Chicago School of Law.  She received her Bachelor of Arts, magna cum laude, in Economics from Spelman College.

About INTRENFor more than 30 years, INTREN has been an innovative solution partner, dedicated to building and maintaining the infrastructure of the energy industry. With more than 2,000 employees across the county, the company's culture of stewardship guides INTREN to care for others' priorities as if they were their own. As a nationally certified Woman Business Enterprise (WBE), INTREN is dedicated to supporting women and minorities throughout the industry and is proud to serve many of the country's foremost utility companies, private contractors and developers, municipalities and cooperatives. For more about INTREN, visit

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