Washington, D.C. – The Bipartisan Policy Center today announced that Geisha Williams, former chief executive officer and president of PG&E Corporation, has joined the organization’s board of directors.
Williams was the first and only Latina CEO of a Fortune 200 company and has been recognized as the highest-ranking Latina leader in American business. During her tenure at PG&E, the company became a leader in renewable energy integration, grid modernization, and smart grid technologies. Prior to joining PG&E in 2007, Williams worked for over two decades at Florida Power and Light Company, where she led a massive electric restoration and recovery effort following seven hurricanes in a 15-month period during 2004 and 2005.
“Geisha Williams is a role model for effective and inspirational leadership on climate solutions, and a skilled negotiator who has bridged gaps rivaling any found today in the nation’s capital,” said Ralph Cavanagh, BPC board member and co-director of the energy program at the Natural Resources Defense Council.
“As energy policy and climate issues take center stage in the national conversation, we are fortunate to have someone of Geisha’s stature and experience on BPC’s board of directors,” said Jason Grumet, president of BPC. “Geisha understands deeply the challenges and importance of transitioning the power system toward more renewable and carbon-free energy, and she will be a valuable resource in our energy policy work.”
“I’m honored to join the board of BPC,” said Williams. “BPC’s thoughtful and informed approach to bipartisan solutions has made a difference to Americans for over a decade.”
Williams has served on the boards of PG&E Corporation, the Edison Electric Institute, and the Institute of Nuclear Power Operations, and is a trustee of both the California Academy of Sciences and the University of Miami, where she earned a bachelor’s degree in engineering.