WCD congratulates our member, Pat Vincent-Collawn on her recent appointment as the Chairman of the Board of Edison Electric Institute (EEI), the national association of investor-owned electric companies.

Patricia “Pat” Vincent-Collawn, chairman, president and CEO of PNM Resources, on June 13, 2017 was elected chairman of the board of the Edison Electric Institute (EEI), the national association of investor-owned electric companies – the first woman to chair the EEI Board.

The announcement was made during EEI’s annual convention in Boston. The Institute’s chairmanship rotates on an annual basis, and Vincent-Collawn replaces Tom Fanning, chairman, president and CEO of Atlanta-based Southern Company, as EEI chairman.

 “It is an exciting time to serve as chairman of EEI,” said Vincent-Collawn. “I look forward to working across the industry and with policymakers and stakeholders to advance industry policy priorities and important issues like workforce diversity and the ongoing electrification of our economy through smart community technologies and initiatives.”  Pat Vincent-Collawn has more than 20 years of experience in the electric power industry.  Before joining PNM Resources in 2007, she served as president and CEO of Public Service Company of Colorado, a subsidiary of Xcel Energy. Prior to that, Vincent-Collawn worked at Arizona Public Service.

Vincent-Collawn serves on the boards of CTS Corporation and Nuclear Electric Insurance Limited, and is past chair of the Board of Directors of the Electric Power Research Institute. In addition to her professional affiliations, Vincent-Collawn is involved in a variety of community activities, serving as Chair of the New Mexico Partnership and on the board of the Economic Forum of Albuquerque. Previously, she served as Chair of the Kirtland Partnership Committee, the Greater Albuquerque Chamber of Commerce, and the United Way of Central New Mexico.

She holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism from Drake University, and an MBA from the Harvard Business School.