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PG&E Vice President Named One Of 2008’s Most Influential Latinos of Silicon Valley The Recognition Reflects Company’s Commitment to Serving Diverse Communities

Release Date: June 16, 2008
Contact: PG&E External Communications (415) 973-5930

Pacific Gas and Electric Company’s vice president of civic partnership and community initiatives, Ophelia Basgal, was honored at the 2008 MACSA (Mexican American Community Services Agency) second-annual Red Carpet Gala for her commitment to the community as a leader, mentor, and volunteer. MACSA hosted a celebration of 50 community heroes and inducted leaders into the Silicon Valley Latino Hall of Fame. Basgal was named as one of most influential Latinos in Silicon Valley under the corporate category.

“It is an honor to be recognized for community service, a lifelong passion that is also a key part of my work at PG&E,” said Ophelia Basgal, vice president of civic partnership and community initiatives for Pacific Gas and Electric Company. “Creating and supporting public benefit programs is integral to the company’s philanthropic efforts.”

Ms. Basgal is responsible for managing the company’s $18.7 million charitable contributions program, which includes the award winning Solar Schools program, and Solar Habitat, a partnership with Habitat for Humanity that benefits low income families. She also oversees the employee volunteer program, community engagement programs, and partnerships with community based organizations.

Already a nationally recognized leader prior to joining PG&E, Ms. Basgal served as executive director of the Alameda County Housing Authority for 27 years where she managed an annual budget of more than $90 million. In addition to her work at PG&E, she continues to volunteer and serves on a number of boards and committees. She enjoys mentoring and in particular, coaching young women and diverse up and coming leaders.

Pacific Gas and Electric Company provides gas and electric services to more than 15 million customers throughout California, of which 26% are Hispanic. The company employs 20,000 people, of which 14% are Hispanic. PG&E was recently recognized for providing in-language services to more than 20% of its customers.

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