WASHINGTON— On November 14, Pacific Gas and Electric (PG&E) appointed Geisha Williams as the very first female CEO and President of PG&E Corporation effective March 2017. In addition to being the first female head of the utility giant, Williams will also be the first Latina CEO of any Fortune 200 Company.
“Geisha’s appointment is demonstrative of the high-level of talent in the Latino community,” remarked Sarita Brown, President of Excelencia in Education. “A graduate from the University of Miami and Nova Southeastern University, Geisha applies her skills, training and record of hard work and dedication to advance PG&E and serve its customers. We are confident she will lead PG&E into the future while serving as model of leadership for Latinas that, until now, has been sorely lacking.”
Williams joined PG&E in 2007 and was named Executive Vice President of Electric Operation in 2011, becoming President and a member of the Board of Directors four years later in 2015. Williams holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Engineering from the University of Miami and a Master’s Degree in Business Administration from Nova Southeastern University. She is also a trustee of the California Academy of Sciences and an active member of the Executive Women in Energy and the University of Miami President’s Council.
Deborah Santiago, Chief Operating Officer and Vice President for Policy for Excelencia in Education observed, “the importance of PG&E naming the first and only Latina CEO and President cannot be emphasized enough. As an organization founded by two Latinas, Excelencia in Education congratulate Geisha on this historic achievement. We are proud of a long standing  partnership with PG&E and its leadership example of corporate diversity.”
As a leader in promoting Latino higher education student success Excelencia in Education looks forward to continuing our longstanding partnership with PG&E.  We invite our partner institutions and organizations to join us in recognizing Geisha Williams on her appointment as CEO and President of PG&E.

Excelencia in Education accelerates higher education success for Latino students by promoting Latino student achievement, conducting analysis to inform educational policies, and advancing institutional practices while collaborating with those committed and ready to meet the mission. Launched in 2004 in the nation’s capital, Excelencia is building a network of results-oriented educators and policymakers to address the U.S. economy’s need for a highly educated workforce and engaged civic leadership. For more information, visit: www.EdExcelencia.org.


Release Date
Wed, 11/30/2016 - 2:03pm