Jessica Pacheco

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.

Pacheco serves as president of the board of directors for the Arizona-Mexico Commission and as chair of the Arizona Chamber of Commerce Foundation. She is active as a director with a number of other community and business organizations, including the Arizona Chamber of Commerce and the Arizona Charter Schools Association. 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. She is a graduate of the Stanford Executive Program and MIT’s Nuclear Reactor Technology course. Pacheco also was a guest lecturer at the EEI Campaign Institute, a partnership of the Georgetown University McDonough School of Business and Edison Electric Institute.

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