Pepco names new VP of government affairs

Lavinson will oversee Pepco Holdings stakeholder relations and issues management programs

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Pepco Holdings appointed Melissa Lavinson as the company’s new senior vice president for government and external affairs.

She replaces Ken Parker, who retired in December after 31 years of service at Pepco Holdings and Atlantic City Electric.

In her role, Lavinson will serve as the point person for designing and implementing Pepco Holdings’ stakeholder relations and issues management programs. She will also be responsible for building ties with state and local officials, community leaders, business, consumer, and non-profit groups across the District of Columbia, Delaware, Maryland and New Jersey.

Lavinson, a D.C. area resident, comes to Pepco Holdings from PG&E, where she most recently served as vice president of federal affairs and chief sustainability officer. In that position, she led PG&E’s federal affairs office, where she engaged Congress and the administration on a host of energy, tax and environmental policy issues.

She was also responsible for developing and implementing PG&E’s company-wide sustainability strategy and climate change initiatives, as well as establishing connections at the national, state and local level with NGOs, trade associations, advocacy organizations, and other key groups.

Previously, Lavinson was a senior associate as MRW and Associates, a consulting firm providing financial, economic, environmental and market analysis to energy suppliers, power producers, utilities, and more. She serves on the boards of the Alliance to Save Energy, Climate Action Reserve, the Women's Energy Resource Council, the China-U.S. Energy Efficiency Alliance and She Should Run, which promotes women's representation in public office.

Lavinson will assume her duties at Pepco Holdings effective Jan. 22, 2018.

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