Vice President, Federal Affairs and Policy and Chief Sustainability Officer | PG&E Corporation
Melissa Lavinson currently serves as the Vice President, Federal Affairs and Policy and Chief Sustainability Officer for PG&E Corporation. As the CSO, Melissa manages and directs a team responsible for PG&E's sustainability efforts and engagement, along with advising corporate leadership on how best to integrate and align PG&E's sustainability strategy with its business strategy. She is also responsible for directing the company's public policies on all federal issues that impact PG&E's operations and customers.
As the Vice President of Federal Affairs and Policy, Lavinson leads a team that engages Congress and the administration on a host of energy, tax and environmental policy issues. In her dual role, she also is responsible for building relationships at the national level with NGOs, trade associations, advocacy organizations, and other key stakeholders.
Lavinson joined PG&E in 1997 in government relations and has held an increasing level of responsibilities in the company's federal affairs office. Her career has included assignments in California and the nation's capital, both within the utility and the holding company. She has distinguished herself in the industry for her expertise in energy and environmental policy and regulatory oversight.
Prior to joining PG&E, Lavinson was a Senior Associate at MRW and Associates, 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.
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.
Lavinson received her bachelor's degree in economics from Hamilton College.