Corporate Governance

PGE is committed to conducting business in conformance with the highest behavioral standards and in compliance with all relevant legal and regulatory requirements.

Board of Directors

Maria Pope

Maria Pope is president, chief executive officer and a member of the Board of Directors of Portland General Electric, Oregon’s largest electric company.

Before becoming CEO in 2018, she served as PGE’s senior vice president of Power Supply, Operations and Resource Strategy. In that role, she oversaw PGE’s transition to the Western Energy Imbalance Market, a foundational step in creating a regional smart grid. She joined PGE in 2009 as the company’s chief financial officer.

As CEO, Pope leads PGE’s strategy to create clean, affordable energy Oregon customers expect, while keeping reliability and resiliency at the forefront of the company’s planning efforts.

Prior to PGE, Pope was CFO of Mentor Graphics Corporation. She has also held senior operating and finance positions within the forest products and consumer products industries. Pope began her career in banking with Morgan Stanley.

Pope serves on the Oregon Global Warming Commission. Her other board and commission activities include The Nature Conservancy, Electric Power Research Institute and the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco.

Pope is an alumna of the Stanford Graduate School of Business and earned her bachelor’s degree from Georgetown University.

Rodney Brown

Rodney Brown is a member of PGE's Compensation and Human Resources Committee and Finance Committee. He has been an independent director since 2007.

Brown is a founding partner of Cascadia Law Group PLLC, a Seattle, Washington law firm that specializes in environmental law. Mr. Brown’s practice focuses on environmental and land use issues relating to pollution control, project permitting, and climate change. He is the principal author of Washington's Superfund law, the Model Toxics Control Act, and works to improve environmental regulations.

From 1992 to 1996, Mr. Brown was a managing partner at the Seattle office of Morrison & Foerster, LLP, a large international firm. He has served numerous for-profit and non-profit boards. He currently serves on non-profit boards including the Bulitt Foundation and the National Audubon Society.

He received his J.D. degree from University of Texas School of Law and a bachelor of arts in political science from Baylor University.

Member of the Finance Committee
Member of the Compensation and Human Resources Committee
Jack Davis

Since 2013, Jack Davis has served as chair of the PGE board. He is also a member of PGE's Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee. He has been an independent director since 2012.

Davis served as CEO of Arizona Public Service Company (APS), Arizona’s largest electricity provider, from September 2002 until his retirement in March 2008, and as president of APS from October 1998 to October 2007.

During his 35 years at APS, Mr. Davis held executive and management positions in various areas of the company, including commercial operations, generation and transmission, customer service, and power operations. He also served as president and COO of Pinnacle West Capital Corporation, the parent company of APS, from September 2003 to March 2008. He is a former chair of the Western Energy Supply and Transmission Associates and the Western Governors’ Association task force on energy issues.

He earned bachelor's degrees in medical technology and electrical engineering from New Mexico State University.

Member of the Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee
Kirby Dyess

Kirby Dyess is the chair of PGE's Compensation and Human Resources Committee and a member of the Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee. She has been an independent director since 2009.

Dyess is a principal at Austin Capital Management LLC, where she evaluates, invests in, and assists early stage companies in the Pacific Northwest. Prior to forming Austin Capital Management LLC in 2003, Ms. Dyess spent 23 years in various executive and management positions at Intel Corporation, most recently as corporate vice president and director of Intel Capital Operations from 2001-2002, where she oversaw the acquisition and integration of 50 businesses and management of a portfolio of over 400 companies worldwide. Her previous positions at Intel included vice president and director of Human Resources and vice president of New Business Development. She currently serves on the board of Prolifiq Software. 

She earned her bachelor’s degree in Physics from University of Idaho and did postgraduate studies in both Biochemistry and Management at Portland State University and Stanford University respectively.

Chair of the Compensation and Human Resources Committee
Member of the Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee
Mark

Mark Ganz is a member of PGE's Audit and Risk Committee and the Compensation and Human Resources Committee. He has been an independent director since 2006.

Ganz served from 2003 until his retirement in 2020 as president and CEO of Cambia Health Solutions, Inc., a parent corporation of several companies offering healthcare products and services. Previously, Mr. Ganz held a number of positions with Cambia, including president and CEO of Regence BlueCross of Oregon, chief legal officer, corporate secretary, and chief ethics and compliance officer; he also had responsibility for federal public policy.

Mr. Ganz was a member of Cambia’s board of directors until his retirement in 2020. He is currently on the Board of Regents at University of Portland and at Georgetown University; he is Chair of Cascade Pacific Council of the Boy Scouts of America, and he is a member of the board at Coalition to Transform Advanced Illness Care.

He earned his bachelor’s degrees in history and theology and his J.D. degree from Georgetown University.

Member of the Compensation and Human Resources Committee
Member of the Audit and Risk Committee
Marie Oh Huber

Marie Oh Huber is a member of PGE’s Compensation and Human Resources Committee and Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee. She has been an independent director since 2019.

Huber has over 25 years of experience of strategic business, legal and public policy experience in global Fortune 500 companies. She heads the global legal and government relations and public policy functions for eBay, Inc., where she serves as senior vice president, chief legal officer, general counsel and secretary.

Previously, Ms. Huber was responsible for communications, regulatory affairs and quality assurance, government affairs and philanthropy at Agilent Technologies. She joined eBay in 2015 from Agilent, where she served as senior vice president, general counsel and secretary since 2009. For the previous ten years, she held positions of increasing responsibility at Agilent and prior to that, at HP. Her career started at large law firms in New York and San Francisco.

Huber is currently on the board of the Silicon Valley Community Foundation. She serves on the University Council of Yale University and is on the Law Board at Northwestern Pritzker School of Law.

She earned her bachelor’s degree in economics from Yale University and J.D. degree from Northwestern University School of Law.

Member of the Compensation and Human Resources Committee
Member of the Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee
Kathryn Jackson

Dr. Kathryn Jackson is a member of PGE’s Audit and Risk Committee and Finance Committee. She has been an independent director since 2014.

Jackson has served since January 2016 as the director of Energy and Technology Consulting at KeySource, Inc., where she provides strategic consulting services to clients in business growth, technology development and energy services. From 2014 to 2015, Dr. Jackson was chief technology officer and senior vice president at RTI International Metals, Inc., a leading U.S. producer of titanium mill products. She served as chief technology officer and senior vice president of Research and Technology at Westinghouse Electric Company, LLC, from 2009 to 2014; she served as vice president of Strategy, Research and Technology from 2008 to 2009. Prior to joining Westinghouse Electric Company, LLC, Dr. Jackson served for 17 years at the Tennessee Valley Authority, where she held various executive positions including executive vice president of River System Operations and Environment, and was the corporate environmental officer.

Dr. Jackson is currently a member of the board of Cameco Corporation, the EQT Corporation and Rice Acquisition Corporation. She is also on the board of Duquesne Light Holdings, Inc. and Duquesne Light Company, Inc. She also serves on advisory boards at Carnegie Mellon University and the University of Pittsburgh and is a member of the National Academy of Engineering.

She holds a doctorate and masters in engineering and public policy from Carnegie Mellon University, a master’s in industrial engineering management from the University of Pittsburgh, and a bachelor’s degree in physics from Grove City College.

Member of the Audit and Risk Committee
Member of the Finance Committee
Michael Lewis

Michael Lewis is a member of PGE’s Audit and Risk Committee and Chair of the Finance Committee. He has been an independent director since January 2021.

Lewis is a retired senior executive with more than 35 years of experience in electric utility operations. Lewis served as interim president of Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) from August to December 2020. During that time, he oversaw PG&E’s gas and electric operations including wildfire prevention and response efforts, grid resiliency initiatives, vegetation management programs and emergency preparedness. Prior to that, Lewis served as PG&E’s senior vice president of Electric Operations and vice president of Electric Distribution.

Before joining PG&E in 2018, Mr. Lewis held a number of senior executive positions at Duke Energy, including senior vice president and chief distribution officer from 2016 to 2018, with responsibility for distribution operations across six states, and senior vice president and chief transmission officer from 2015 to 2016. Before the Duke Energy and Progress Energy merger in 2012, Lewis was senior vice president of energy delivery for Progress Energy Florida, where he was responsible for hurricane preparedness and grid hardening initiatives.

Lewis is currently on the boards of Newpark Resources, Inc., the Bay Area Chapter of the American Red Cross, and the Association of Edison Illuminating Companies, and is also member of California Governor’s Earthquake Advisory Commission.

Lewis holds a bachelor's degree in electrical engineering from the University of Florida and an MBA from Nova Southeastern University. He attended both the Advanced Management Program at Duke University and an Executive Management Program at the University of Pennsylvania Wharton School.

Member of the Audit and Risk Committee
Chair of the Finance Committee
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Michael Millegan is a member of PGE’s Audit and Risk Committee and Finance Committee. He has been an independent director since 2019.

Millegan is the Founder and CEO of Millegan Advisory Group 3 LLC where he advises early-stage companies on strategy that drives technology innovation and shareholder value since 2018. Previously, he held a variety of executive leadership and management positions within Verizon, where he led large-scale and scope business units. As president of Verizon Global Wholesale Group, he was responsible for $11 billion in sales revenue, 13,000 employees and $1 billion in annual capital spending.

Millegan is on the board of Wireless Technology Group, Inc., CoreSite Realty Corporation and the Virginia Mason Foundation. He is a strategic advisor and investor in Windpact, Inc. and Vettd, Inc.

Millegan holds a bachelor’s degree and a MBA from Angelo State University.

Member of the Audit and Risk Committee
Member of the Finance Committee
Nelson

Neil Nelson chairs PGE's Audit and Risk Committee and is a member of the Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee. He has been an independent director since 2006.

Nelson is the former President of Siltronic Corporation, a Portland-based global leader in hyperpure silicon wafers and a partner to many top-tier chip manufacturers, where he served from 2003 until his retirement in 2020. He previously served as vice president of Operations of Siltronic from 2000 to 2003, and as vice president of Operations at Mitsubishi Silicon America from 1998 to 2000.

He received his bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering from Brigham Young University.

Chair of the Audit and Risk Committee
Member of the Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee
M. Lee Pelton

Dr. Lee Pelton chairs PGE’s Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee and is a member of the Audit and Risk Committee. He has been an independent director since 2006.

Pelton is president and CEO of The Boston Foundation, a philanthropic organization with over $1 billion in assets. Before joining The Boston Foundation, Pelton served as president of Emerson College from 2011 to May 2021. Prior to that, Pelton served as President of Willamette University from 1999 to 2011, dean and professor of English Literature at Dartmouth College from 1991 to 1998, and dean of students and later dean of Colgate University from 1986 to 1991.

Pelton also currently serves on the board and executive committee of Boston Chamber of Commerce and is board chair for Boston Arts Academy Foundation and the Boston Racial Equity Fund and trustee for the Barr Foundation Boston Municipal Research Bureau.

Pelton has served on numerous educational and cultural boards and committees, including the Board of Directors of the American Council on Education (past chair), the National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities, the Association of American Colleges and Universities, the Museum of African American History in Boston, and the Harvard University Board of Overseers. In 2020, he was recognized by the Boston Chamber of Commerce as a 2020 Distinguished Bostonian and included in the Boston Business Journal’s 50 Most Powerful Leaders in Boston list.

Pelton holds a doctorate in English from Harvard University and undergraduate degrees in English and psychology from Wichita State University.

 

Member of the Audit and Risk Committee
Chair of the Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee
James Torgerson

Jim Torgerson is a member of PGE’s Compensation and Human Resources Committee and Finance Committee. He has been an independent director since January 2021.

From 2015 until his retirement in 2020, Torgerson served as CEO of AVANGRID, Inc., a sustainable energy company with approximately $30 billion in assets and operations in 24 states. Previously, he was president and CEO of UIL Holdings Corporation from 2006 to 2015, when it merged with Iberdrola USA to form AVANGRID. During his time at UIL Holdings, he oversaw its expansion from a regional electric utility to a diversified energy delivery company and one of the largest generators of wind electricity in the U.S., serving natural gas and electric utility customers across multiple states. Before joining UIL Holdings, he was president, CEO and director of the Midwest Independent Transmission System Operator, Inc. from 2000 to 2006. He also previously served as chief financial officer for several natural gas and electric utilities including Puget Sound Energy and Washington Energy Company. Before transitioning to the utility industry, he served as vice president of development for Diamond Shamrock Corporation, where he also held various finance and strategic planning positions.

Torgerson currently serves on the board of Rice Acquisition Corporation and the Board of Trustees for Yale-New Haven Hospital and Yale-New Haven Health System.

Torgerson received a Bachelor of Business Administration in accounting from Cleveland State University.

Prior to his retirement, Torgerson served on the board and executive committee of the Edison Electric Institute and co-chaired its CEO Policy Committee on Reliability, Security and Business Continuity. He was also a member of the Electricity Subsector Coordinating Council, which serves as the principal liaison between the federal government and the electric power industry on efforts to prepare for, and respond to, national-level disasters or threats to critical infrastructure.

Member of the Finance Committee
Member of the Compensation and Human Resources Committee

Corporate Officers

Maria Pope

Maria Pope is president, chief executive officer and a member of the Board of Directors of Portland General Electric, Oregon’s largest electric company.

Before becoming CEO in 2018, she served as PGE’s senior vice president of Power Supply, Operations and Resource Strategy. In that role, she oversaw PGE’s transition to the Western Energy Imbalance Market, a foundational step in creating a regional smart grid. She joined PGE in 2009 as the company’s chief financial officer.

As CEO, Pope leads PGE’s strategy to create clean, affordable energy Oregon customers expect, while keeping reliability and resiliency at the forefront of the company’s planning efforts.

Prior to PGE, Pope was CFO of Mentor Graphics Corporation. She has also held senior operating and finance positions within the forest products and consumer products industries. Pope began her career in banking with Morgan Stanley.

Pope serves on the Oregon Global Warming Commission. Her other board and commission activities include The Nature Conservancy, Electric Power Research Institute and the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco.

Pope is an alumna of the Stanford Graduate School of Business and earned her bachelor’s degree from Georgetown University.

Jim Ajello

Jim Ajello oversees all aspects of Portland General Electric’s accounting, finance, tax and investor relations efforts.

He joined PGE in 2020, bringing an extensive background in both energy and finance, including over eight years as executive vice president and CFO for Hawaiian Electric Industries (HEI), where he helped lead its clean energy transformation. In 2020, he became an independent director of HEI’s Hawaiian Electric Company, where he serves on the Audit Committee.

Ajello has also served as senior vice president of Business Development at Reliant Energy, managing director for UBS Financial Services’ Energy and Natural Resources Group, and chaired the U.S. Department of Energy’s Environmental Management Advisory Board.

He earned his bachelor’s degree from State University of New York Oneonta, and an MPA from Syracuse University. He is also a graduate of the Advanced Management Program of the European Institute of Business Administration.

In 2018, Ajello made a gift to Syracuse University’s Maxwell School of Citizenship & Public Affairs, which established a professorship in energy and environmental policy at the university where he lectures and provides ongoing training and research grants for students. He has also been on the board of trustees at Hawaii Pacific University for many years and is chair of its Finance and Investment Committee.

Larry Bekkedahl

Larry Bekkedahl oversees PGE operational areas and is responsible for advancing PGE’s strategy to build the grid of the future — one that is resilient, smart, and delivers a clean energy future.

He oversees PGE’s strategic system architecture and system upgrades, which will serve as the foundation for the smart grid of the future. This includes initiatives related to system integration and operations, smart cities, enabling distributed energy resources, energy storage, dispatchable standby generation, transmission system performance and market interfaces, as well as research and development. He is also responsible for oversight of PGE’s Utility Operations and Operations Services divisions.

Bekkedahl joined PGE in 2014 as vice president of Transmission & Distribution. He has more than three decades of leadership experience in the energy industry. Before joining PGE, he was senior vice president for transmission services at the Bonneville Power Administration and held leadership positions at Clark Public Utilities, PacifiCorp and Montana Power Company.

He has a bachelor of science degree in electrical engineering from Montana State University and serves on the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) Research Advisory Committee, the Stanford University Bits and Watts Advisory Council, the University of Akron Energy Advisory Committee, and the All Hands Raised board for Portland Public Schools Foundation.

Brad Jenkins

Brad Jenkins oversees PGE’s Utility Operations. He is responsible for the efficient and effective operations of PGE generation facilities and transmission and distribution assets.

He joined PGE in 2012. Prior to PGE, Jenkins served in a variety of leadership and management roles in the utility industry. His experience includes 21 years in large generating facilities for coal, natural gas and nuclear energy. Jenkins’ past management positions include roles at Entergy Louisiana, Entergy Nuclear South, Energy Northwest and the Tennessee Valley Authority.

He currently serves on the Providence Portland Medical Foundation Board of Directors.

Jenkins earned a bachelor’s degree in industrial engineering from Southern Illinois University and is a U.S. Air Force veteran.

Lisa Kaner

Lisa Kaner is responsible for all of PGE's legal affairs. She coordinates the company's internal audit, ethics and compliance and Federal Energy Regulatory Commission compliance activities.

Before joining PGE in 2017, Kaner successfully handled important contract, employment and other commercial litigation cases at the Portland office of Markowitz Herbold PC.

In addition to being honored by the Portland Business Journal as one of the region’s most influential businesswomen, Kaner has been recognized for her public service by the Oregon State Bar. She is an active member of the community, coaching the Lincoln High School Constitution Team and the Jefferson High School Mock Trial Team.

Kaner holds a bachelor’s degree in European history from the University of Pennsylvania, where she graduated cum laude. She earned her J.D. from Villanova University School of Law, where she graduated magna cum laude.

John Kochavatr

John Kochavatr is responsible for the infrastructure, operations and development of all information systems. He joined PGE in 2018.

Kochavatr has more than 20 years of experience in the Information Technology industry. Prior to joining PGE, he was senior vice president and CIO at SUEZ Water Technologies & Solutions (formerly GE Water) for six years and served in several IT leadership positions at GE Power (formerly GE Energy) for 11 years.

He earned a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from the University of California, Los Angeles and an MBA from the University of Chicago’s Booth School of Business in Chicago, Illinois.

John McFarland

John McFarland oversees all aspects of PGE’s customer experience and is responsible for developing new strategies to meet the changing needs of our customers.

Before joining PGE in April 2019, McFarland spent more than 16 years in general management, marketing, product innovation and digital transformation at two Fortune 500 companies, General Motors and Procter & Gamble.

Most recently, McFarland served as director of Global Digital Experience and Connected Vehicles at GM. He led the company’s connected ecosystem transformation, digital customer experiences and in-vehicle digital ecosystem strategy. McFarland previously served as chief marketing officer of GM’s global OnStar business.

He also served more than eight years in finance and brand management leadership roles at Procter & Gamble, working on iconic brands such as Tide, Gain and IAMS. AdWeek magazine named him one of the Top 10 Marketers of the Year for his work on Tide.

McFarland earned a B.S. in management information systems and accounting from Miami University, and an MBA from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University with a focus on strategy, marketing and finance. He is also a graduate of the Senior Executive Leadership Program at Stanford University’s Graduate School of Business.

He is a guest professor at Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business and Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management. He previously served on the board of AdCraft Detroit, the nation’s oldest active advertising organization.

Anne Mersereau

Anne Mersereau leads PGE’s efforts to develop, attract and retain a diverse, inclusive and engaged workforce.

She joined the company in 2009 and became vice president in 2016.

Mersereau has more than 25 years of human resources experience in the utility, insurance and hospitality industries. Before joining PGE, she held leadership positions with such organizations as Hilton Hotels and Marsh USA.

An active member of the community with a passion for education and workforce development, in 2017 Mersereau was appointed by Oregon Gov. Kate Brown to the Oregon Workforce and Talent and Development Board. She also serves on the boards of Impact NW, Dress for Success Oregon and is a member of the Partners in Diversity Leadership Council.

Mersereau earned a bachelor's degree in business administration with an emphasis in management and human resources from Washington State University.

  Dave Robertson

Dave Robertson oversees PGE’s Brand, Marketing and Communications, Government Relations, Environmental Policy and Corporate Social Responsibility. He joined PGE in 2004. Before taking the role of vice president in 2009, Robertson served five years as director of PGE's Government Affairs department.

Robertson has more than 25 years of experience in energy policy. Before joining PGE, he served as director of Government Relations–West for Pacific Gas & Electric's National Energy Group. He also was a member of U.S. Sen. Mark Hatfield's legislative policy staff in Oregon and Washington, D.C.

Robertson is the chair emeritus of the Portland Business Alliance and board secretary for the Oregon Business and Industry Association. In the past, he served as an Oregon appointee to the Columbia River Gorge Commission, was chair of the board of the environmental nonprofit SOLVE and served as a board member of Portland Center Stage.

He earned a bachelor’s degree in political science from Willamette University and a utility management certificate from the University of Idaho.

Brett Sims

Brett Sims leads Portland General Electric’s Strategy, Regulation & Energy Supply team. He oversees the company’s long-term strategic planning and regulatory strategy efforts and ensures that PGE has the energy resources needed to serve its Oregon customers.

Previously, Sims served as senior director of Strategy, Commercial and Regulatory Affairs. For more than 15 years, he served as director of Origination, Structuring & Resource Strategy, managing the company’s resource planning and acquisition efforts.

Before joining PGE in 2001, Sims held business development and management roles in the finance and banking sector.

He a holds a bachelor’s degree in Business with a focus in Economics from Linfield College and an MBA from George Fox University. 

An active member of the Oregon community, Sims serves on the board of Lifeworks NW, an organization that promotes a healthy community by providing mental health, addiction and family services.

Board Committees

Independent Director Audit and Risk Committee Compensation and Human Resources Committee Finance Committee Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee
Rodney L. Brown Jr. Independent Director Compensation and Human Resources Committee Finance Committee
Jack E. Davis Independent Director Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee
Kirby A. Dyess Independent Director Compensation and Human Resources Committee Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee
Mark B. Ganz Independent Director Audit and Risk Committee Compensation and Human Resources Committee
Marie Oh Huber Independent Director Compensation and Human Resources Committee Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee
Kathryn J. Jackson Independent Director Audit and Risk Committee Finance Committee
Michael A. Lewis Audit and Risk Committee Finance Committee
Michael H. Millegan Independent Director Audit and Risk Committee Finance Committee
Neil J. Nelson Independent Director Audit and Risk Committee Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee
M. Lee Pelton Independent Director Audit and Risk Committee Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee
Maria M. Pope
James P. Torgerson Compensation and Human Resources Committee Finance Committee
= Independent Director = Chairperson = Member = Chairman of the Board

Committee Charters

Document Type
Finance Committee
Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee Charter
Compensation and Human Resources Committee Charter
Audit and Risk Committee

Articles of Incorporation

Read PGE's Third Amended and Restated Articles of Incorporation.

Corporate Bylaws

Read PGE's Eleventh Amended and Restated Bylaws.

Communications to the Board of Directors

Read PGE's process for handling communications to the Board of Directors and Board Committees.

Corporate Governance Guidelines

Read the guidelines adopted by the Board of Directors to assist in the exercise of its responsibilities.

Code of Business Ethics and Conduct

This Code of Business Ethics and Conduct (Code of Ethics), which has been approved by the Board of Directors, expresses the principles, policies and practices every director, officer and employee of Portland General Electric Company and its subsidiaries (PGE or the Company) should use when conducting the Company's business.

Code of Ethics

On February 14, 2018, the Board of Directors adopted the Code of Ethics for Chief Executive and Senior Financial Officers, replacing in its entirety the PGE Accounting and Reporting Code of Ethics.

Political Engagement Policy

Read PGE’s policy on political engagement.

Read PGE’s 2020 Annual Report on Political Contributions and Expenditures.

 

Related Person Transactions Policy

Read PGE’S policy on the independent review of related person transactions.