Jessie J. Knight, Jr., Former Chairman (Retired), San Diego Gas & Electric
Jessie J. Knight, Jr., retired as Chairman of San Diego Gas & Electric in late 2015, a company he led as CEO since 2010. Previously, Knight served as executive vice president of external affairs for SDG&E’s parent company, Sempra Energy, overseeing all communications and community relations activities, government relations, as well as regulatory and international affairs. Before joining Sempra Energy in 2006, Knight served for seven years as CEO of the San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce, which represents 2,800 companies with more than 400,000 employees. From 1993 to 1999, he served as commissioner for the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC), the agency with regulatory oversight for California’s energy, telecommunications, railroad, transportation and water industries. Knight’s earlier employers included Dole Food Company, the San Francisco Chronicle, and the San Francisco Chamber of Commerce. He earned his MBA from the University of Wisconsin. Knight chairs the board of the ESET Foundation, which is committed to fostering community collaboration in addressing cyber and societal challenges.