Maria Lacal

Maria Lacal is senior vice president of nuclear regulatory and oversight at Palo Verde Generating Station for Arizona Public Service Company (APS), Arizona’s largest electric company. Based in Phoenix, APS is Arizona’s largest electric company and serves more than 1.2 million customers across the state.

Lacal oversees regulatory and oversight activities at the Palo Verde Generating Station, the nation’s largest power producer. She is responsible for nuclear regulatory and environmental areas, the nuclear assurance division, the employee concerns and safety culture areas and the organizational effectiveness department. Previously, she served as vice president of operations support. In this role, Lacal was responsible for emergency preparedness, nuclear security, fire protection, supply chain, records management, information services programs and associated organizations at the plant. Lacal joined APS as director of strategic projects at Palo Verde in 2007.

Prior to joining APS, she served as director of operations support for the nuclear division of Florida Power and Light Company. In this capacity, Lacal’s responsibilities included the corporate functional area manager and accredited training programs across the fleet. She has held other management positions, including training manager and operations manager at the Turkey Point Nuclear Plant. As the operations manager, Lacal was responsible for site operations, radiation protection, chemistry programs and associated organizations.

Lacal obtained a U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission senior reactor operator license in 1996. She has also served as chairman of the Academy Council for the National Academy for Nuclear Training.

Lacal earned a Bachelor of Science degree in civil engineering from the University of Miami. She also completed the Harvard Business School Advanced Management Program in May 2015.

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