Leadership Team

Delia Patterson

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

Delia is a member of the American Public Power Association's (APPA) executive leadership team. She oversees APPA's regulatory, government relations, and communications functions. She also serves as the organization's chief legal officer. Delia leads energy policy formulation and advocacy before federal agencies, including the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, the Environmental Protection Agency, Department of Energy, and others, federal courts, and other energy policy forums. Delia works with senior leadership on the strategic direction of APPA. In 2016, Delia was recognized by Trending 40 as one of DC's top 40 in-house lawyers for corporations and non-profits.

Delia is currently the President of the Energy Bar Association, a member of the Department of Energy's Electricity Advisory Committee, and an associate member of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) Energy & Environmental Markets 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, The Electricity Journal Advisory Board, and is on the Board of the Women’s Energy Resource Council. She has previously served on the executive committee of the Board of the Consumer Federation of America.

Before joining APPA, 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 several years. She also served six years as a commissioned officer in the U.S. Navy within the Naval Nuclear Propulsion Program. 

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. She received a Nonprofit Management Executive Certificate from Georgetown University; an Association of Corporate Counsel Mini MBA Certificate for In-House Counsel from Boston University Questrom School of Business; and successfully completed the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University, Executive Education, Nonprofit Financial Stewardship Program.

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