Jessica Pacheco, who has led the lobbying efforts for Arizona’s largest utility, is being promoted to an executive position, leading the organization’s overall government relations.
As vice president of state and local affairs for Arizona Public Service, Pacheco will work to turn the will of the utility’s senior management into action with help from the cadre of lobbyists that represent them.
The board of directors met and made the decision Feb. 19. Pacheco began with APS in 1997, answering telephones in the customer relations call center. She moved up within the organization, then left in 2006 to work with the Arizona Chamber of Commerce and Industry. She began working with Lincoln Strategies Group in 2008, learning how political campaigns are run.
“I knew very little about how campaigns worked and how they were put together,” Pacheco said. “The team there really helped me understand those different components.”
She then returned to APS in 2009 as director of strategic relationships and stakeholder engagement, and became part of the APS lobbying team after about a year.
Pacheco said her new role will first require her and company’s directors to develop a strategy that implements the vision of the organization, but that it hasn’t been developed yet.
“I think we’re in the process of determining what that is,” Pacheco said. “Our focus is going to be to represent our business interests and our ratepayers’ interests in the policy arena. When it comes to probusiness, pro-energy, pro-ratepayer, pro-reliable and affordable power, that will be our primary focus. Exactly how that distills into tactics, I don’t know yet.”