Deborah W. Powell

Deborah W. Powell

Vice President, Asset and Risk Management | Pacific Gas and Electric Company

Debbie Powell is Vice President, Asset and Risk Management, in PG&E's of Electric Operations.


Powell previously served as Interim Head of Electric Operations and, before that, was Vice President, Asset & Risk Management, Community Wildfire Safety Program, for Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E). In her current role, Powell provides strategic and operational leadership for the team that manages risk to PG&E's electric system, including system health and performance.


Powell has more than 30 years of corporate, energy industry and military experience. She joined PG&E in 2010 and has held numerous positions of increasing responsibility in the company's electric operations and power generation teams.


Prior to joining PG&E, Powell led the Lower Colorado River Authority's 425-MW Thomas C. Ferguson Power Plant, as plant manager.


Powell began her career in the United States Navy, serving in a variety of leadership and engineering roles on several combatant ships. She retired from the U.S. Navy Reserves in 2012.


Powell graduated from the United States Naval Academy, earning a Bachelor of Science degree in general science, and is a 2011 graduate of Leadership California.