Melissa Lavinson is senior vice president, governmental and external affairs, Pepco Holdings. Lavinson is responsible for the design and implementation of Pepco Holdings’ stakeholder relations and issues management programs, involving, state and local officials, community leaders, business, consumer, and nonprofit groups in each jurisdiction (New Jersey, Delaware, Maryland, and the District of Columbia). Based in Washington, D.C., Pepco Holdings employs more than 4,600 people, owns more than $21 billion in assets and generates approximately $4.8 billion in annual revenues. Pepco Holdings serves 2 million customers as the parent company of Pepco, an electric utility serving Washington, D.C., and suburban Maryland; Delmarva Power, an electric and gas utility serving Delaware and the rest of the Delmarva Peninsula; and Atlantic City Electric, an electric utility serving southern New Jersey. Pepco Holdings is a recently acquired subsidiary of Exelon Corporation, one of the nation’s leading energy services companies. Exelon is headquartered in Chicago and trades on the NYSE under the ticker EXC.
Lavinson previously served as the Vice President of Federal Affairs and Policy and Chief Sustainability Officer for PG&E Corporation, where she held a career of more than 20 years. In her dual role, she led a team responsible for the company’s sustainability efforts, engagement, and strategy. She was also responsible for directing PG&E’s public policies on federal issues, including energy, tax, and environmental policy. Lavinson was responsible for building relationships at the national level with NGOs, trade associations, advocacy organizations, and other key stakeholders.
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 Maryland Chamber of Commerce, Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Washington, DC Public Library Foundation, American Red Cross of the National Capital Region, the District of Columbia Climate Change and Resilience Commission, Prince George’s County Economic Development Corporation and She Should Run, which promotes women's representation in public office.
Lavinson received her bachelor's degree in economics from Hamilton College.
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