Jessica Pacheco

Jessica Pacheco is vice president, corporate development and external communications for Arizona Public Service (APS), the state’s largest electricity company. Headquartered in Phoenix, APS serves nearly 1.3 million customers across the state.

Pacheco's primary responsibilities include reputation and brand management, external and customer communications, economic development and expanding business opportunities within the unregulated entities of Pinnacle West Capital Corporation, APS’s parent company. 

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 service, community and economic development and franchise agreement management. In 2009, Pacheco returned to APS as director of stakeholder engagement. She guided the company’s state and local government strategy, advocacy efforts and managed stakeholder relationships. Prior to her current role, Pacheco was vice president of external affairs.

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. 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 the Reactor Technology Course at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

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