Vice President, State & Local Affairs
Arizona Public Service Company

Jessica Pacheco is vice president, state & local affairs for Arizona Public Service (APS), the state’s largest and longest-serving electricity utility.
Her primary responsibility is to lead the company’s state and local public affairs strategy. Pacheco has developed deep knowledge of the company’s business units through two periods at APS. She served in numerous roles from 1997-2006, including customer care in the call center, community and economic development and franchise agreement management.

In 2009, Pacheco returned to APS as director of government affairs. She guided the company’s state and local government strategy, advocacy efforts and managed stakeholder relationships.
Pacheco has worked extensively in economic and community development arenas throughout Arizona, the southwestern United States and northern Mexico. She led general advocacy efforts for the Arizona business community as senior vice president for public affairs at the Arizona Chamber of Commerce.

She is active as a director with a number of community and business organizations, including the Arizona Mexico Commission, ASU Center for Political Thought and Leadership, Arizona Chamber of Commerce Foundation, Arizona Charter Schools Association, Great Hearts Academies, Childhelp and Jewish Family and Children’s Services. Pacheco is a past director for the Arizona Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Board and Maricopa Community College Foundation Board and is past chair of the Border Trade Alliance Board.

Pacheco earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Arizona and is fluent in Spanish and Portuguese.


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