Board Member since June 2012
Executive Committee, Nominating Committee, Development Committee
Helen Burt is Senior Vice President, External Affairs and Public Policy for PG&E Corporation.
An acknowledged expert in the utility industry, Burt is responsible for leading, aligning and integrating the full spectrum of PG&E’s initiatives within federal affairs, state and local government relations, community relations, digital strategy, brand management, advertising, media relations, customer communications and internal communications. She is Director and Chairperson of the PG&E Corporation Foundation, a California nonprofit public benefit corporation that makes grants for educational, environmental, and general community purposes.
Burt was named one of the 100 Most Influential Women in the Bay Area by the San Francisco Business Times for five consecutive years. She serves a Director and head of the Governance Committee for the nonprofit Alliance to Save Energy, which promotes energy efficiency worldwide through research, education and advocacy; Director and Executive Committee Member for Meals on Wheels of San Francisco; and Director of the Silicon Valley Leadership Group. Helen is also a member of the Executive Women in Energy Forum and the Hawthorn Club.
Burt is an executive sponsor of several PG&E employee groups, including the Women’s Network Employee Association for the Bay Area and the Legacy Employee Resource Group, that provide opportunities for employee engagement and volunteerism in nearby communities.
In addition, Burt is a 2004 Fellow of the Broad Foundation Urban Superintendents Academy, with a keen interest and commitment to public education. She spent the 10–month fellowship focusing on improving the nation’s largest public school systems.
Prior to leading Corporate Affairs, Burt served as Senior Vice President and Chief Customer Officer for Pacific Gas and Electric Company. Before joining PG&E, Burt served as Vice President, Customer Billing and Operations at TXU Energy. She began her career at TXU as a customer service representative and concluded it as a Vice President, with responsibility for all gas and electric customer service and a 2,000-person organization. Burt holds a bachelor's degree in biology and chemistry from Midwestern State University in Wichita Falls, Texas.