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Nancy McFadden

The Womens Conference

How She Empowers Others

Nancy McFadden is Senior Vice President and Senior Advisor to the Chairman and CEO of PG&E Corporation. She is responsible for providing strategic advice to shape PG&E’s business strategy pertaining to competitive issues, key ballot initiatives, emerging issues, and other public policy matters, with particular emphasis on the Corporation’s efforts to continue to be a national environmental leader.   

Prior to her appointment to the role of advisor in November 2009, McFadden served as Senior Vice President of Public Affairs for PG&E Corporation and Pacific Gas and Electric Company, responsible for managing the company’s federal, state and local government relations, and philanthropic and community initiatives.

Before joining PG&E, McFadden spent nearly two decades as a key legal, political, and policy advisor at both the federal and state levels.  In California, she served as senior advisor to Governor Gray Davis.  A senior member of the Clinton Administration for eight years, she served as deputy chief of staff to Vice President Al Gore, General Counsel for the U.S. Department of Transportation and Deputy Associate Attorney General.  The Washington Post named her one of the “go-to people” in the Clinton Administration for her significant record of accomplishment.  She started her career practicing law with the firm of O’Melveny and Myers, during which time she was named “One of the 40 Best Lawyers Under 40” by Washingtonian magazine.   

In addition to serving as an executive with PG&E, McFadden has been appointed by the California State Senate and two governors to serve on the California Medical Assistance Commission, the agency that negotiates MediCal contracts with hospitals and health plans.

McFadden is a Bay Area native, and has a J.D. from the University of Virginia and a bachelor's degree from San Jose State University.  She is a member of the Board of Trustees for the California Museum for History, Women and the Arts and the San Francisco Fine Arts Museum.  She also serves on the Board of Directors of the Women’s Foundation of California, the California Climate Action Registry, the California Foundation on the Environment and the Economy, the Bay Area Council, the Apollo Alliance, the Council for Environmental and Economic Balance, as well as on the Board of Advisors for the Goldman School of Public Policy at UC Berkeley.