SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. - Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) has named Melissa Lavinson as Chief Sustainability Officer, an expansion of her existing role as vice president of Federal Affairs.
In her expanded role, Lavinson will be focused on continuous improvement of the company's national leadership on sustainability practices and policies. She will continue to be based in the company's Washington, D.C., office.
"Californians look to us to enable an ever-improving quality of life and a better future through everything we do, from leading on clean energy to giving back to our communities and fueling economic growth. Today, the environmental aspects of sustainability are an increasingly important issue for California and our society, and PG&E has an important and constructive role to play. I am confident Melissa will be an articulate and effective advocate for all aspects of sustainability," said PG&E Corporation Chairman and CEO Tony Earley.
Lavinson has been with PG&E since 1997, a tenure that has included assignments in California and Washington, D.C., with both the utility and the holding company, PG&E Corporation. In Federal Affairs, she is responsible for directing the company's public policies on all federal issues that impact PG&E and its customers.
Lavinson is on the boards of the Climate Action Reserve, the Women's Energy Resource Council, the China-U.S. Energy Efficiency Alliance, and She Should Run, which promotes women's representation in public office.
"Strong corporate sustainability performance requires leadership and innovation," said Mindy Lubber, President of Ceres, a leading environmental advocacy nonprofit. "Melissa has demonstrated both, and has been a strong advocate for meaningful policy action to address climate change. We look forward to continuing to work with her to advance sustainability goals at PG&E."
"Melissa Lavinson's record and reputation suit her perfectly for this demanding role, and we congratulate PG&E for a great decision at a crucial time for the company and the entire utility industry," said Ralph Cavanagh, Energy Program Co-Director for the Natural Resources Defense Council.
Prior to joining PG&E, Lavinson was a Senior Associate at MRW and Associates in Oakland, Calif., a consulting firm providing financial, economic, environmental and market analysis to competitive energy suppliers, independent power producers, large energy consumers, financial institutions and utilities.
Lavinson began her career with ICF Consulting, where she worked in the company's climate change practice for clients such as the Environmental Protection Agency, Department of Justice, World Bank and Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.
Pacific Gas and Electric Company, a subsidiary of PG&E Corporation (NYSE:PCG), is one of the largest combined natural gas and electric utilities in the United States. Based in San Francisco, with more than 20,000 employees, the company delivers some of the nation's cleanest energy to nearly 16 million people in Northern and Central California. For more information, visit www.pge.com/ and www.pge.com/en/about/newsroom/index.page.