Former Assistant Secretary of the Navy (Energy, Installations and Environment)
Until July 2012 Ms. Pfannenstiel was Assistant Secretary of the Navy for Energy, Installations, and Environment. She was appointed to that position by President Obama and confirmed by the US Senate in 2010. As the lead energy official for the Navy she developed and initiated strategies to reduce the service’s energy consumption by 50% and to transform the fleet and air operations to sustainable fuels. In addition, she was responsible for supporting the nearly 100 Navy and Marine Corps bases around the globe and enhancing the environmental stewardship of the Department.
Previously, Ms. Pfannenstiel had served a five-year term as commissioner and Chair of the California Energy Commission, a full-time energy regulatory and policy agency, responsible for licensing thermal power plants, mandating energy efficiency standards for buildings and appliances, and managing a $100 million public interest research program.
From 1980-2000 Ms. Pfannenstiel was with Pacific Gas and Electric Company, holding a number of positions including Vice President of Corporate Planning, Vice President of Strategic Initiatives, and Manager of Rates and Regulation.
Currently, she is a Board member of the California Clean Energy Fund and the Energy and Environmental Systems branch of the National Academies, and an advisor to the Energy Task Force of the Hoover Institution at Stanford University.