Leadership Team

Delia Patterson

Senior Vice President of Advocacy & Communications and General Counsel
American Public Power Association

Delia oversees the American Public Power Association’s regulatory, government relations, and communications functions. She has been general counsel for the Association since 2014. She helps with energy policy formulation and advocates before the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), federal courts, and other energy policy forums. Delia heads the Association’s Public Power Forward initiative to prepare member utilities for the evolving energy future. In 2016, Delia was recognized by Trending 40 as one of DC's top 40 in-house lawyers for corporations and non-profits.

Before joining the Association, Delia was a senior associate at a large law firm, where she represented energy companies in a broad range of matters before FERC and worked on energy-related project finance deals for about seven years. She also served six years as a commissioned officer in the U.S. Navy within the Naval Nuclear Propulsion Program. 

Delia is on the executive committee of the Consumer Federation of America, President Elect of the Energy Bar Association, and member of the Department of Energy's Electricity Advisory Committee. She also is a member of the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory Future Electric Utility Regulation Advisory Group, American Antitrust Institute’s Advisory Board, and is on the Board of the Women’s Energy Resource Council.

Delia earned her J.D. from the Georgetown University Law Center, M.S. degree in Industrial Systems Engineering from Virginia Tech, and a B.S. degree from the United States Naval Academy. Most recently, she received a Nonprofit Management Executive Certificate from Georgetown University. 

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