Regional Vice President, External Affairs and Environmental Strategy
George Minter is regional vice president, external affairs and environmental strategy for Southern California Gas Company (SoCalGas), a Sempra Energy regulated California utility. He is responsible for the company’s public affairs, community relations, public policy and energy and environmental affairs functions.
Minter is a long-time policy professional specializing in energy and environmental matters, program development, communications and political advocacy.
Before re-joining SoCalGas as senior director of policy and environment, he was managing principal for Los Angeles-based public affairs firms Greer/Dailey/Minter and GM Public Affairs from 2000 to 2013. There he managed public policy initiatives and communications programs to approve large energy and land use projects.
Minter also served in the capacity as director and manager of a number of other functions for SoCalGas from 1985–2000. Prior to his career at SoCalGas, Minter was a political consultant handling local, state and national political campaigns, responsible for strategy development, campaign management and television and radio production.
Minter has served as a board member of numerous civic associations and community organizations, including the Central City Association, Valley Industry and Commerce Association, L.A. Family Housing Corporation (as board chair), Coro Foundation, Pat Brown Institute of Public Affairs at Cal State L.A., Center for the Study of L.A. at Loyola Marymount University, Campaign to Clear the Air and California League of Conservation Voters. In addition, he is one of the founders of the Business Council for Sustainable Energy, a federal energy trade association, and the California CCS Coalition, a statewide energy advocacy organization.
He currently serves as co-chair of the Energy, Water and Environmental Sustainability Council of the Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce. He is also on the advisory board of Water Education for Latino Leaders (WELL) and the boards of the Coalition for Clean Air, the California Council for Environmental and Economic Balance and the California Natural Gas Vehicle Coalition.
Minter has been the recipient of several awards and honors and has been a regular speaker at state and national conferences on energy and environmental policy. He recently was awarded the Presidential Volunteer Service Award from the U.S. Council on Service and Civic Participation.
He is a Phi Beta Kappa and honors graduate of the University of California, Berkeley.