Vice President, Strategy and Engagement, and Chief Environmental Officer
Sharon Tomkins is vice president of strategy and engagement, and Chief Environmental Officer for Southern California Gas Company (SoCalGas), a Sempra Energy regulated California utility. She is responsible for environmental services and developing and delivering the information that meets customers’ energy needs and supports state environmental and social policy objectives.
Tomkins leads the company’s energy policy and strategy, which includes issues management for balanced energy, energy choice, affordability and reliability. Previously, she was SoCalGas’ general counsel.
Tomkins joined SoCalGas in 2010 as regulatory assistant general counsel. Prior to this, she was a partner at O’Melveny & Myers LLP, where she was a founding member of the firm’s Energy, Natural Resources & Environmental Practice and represented clients in a variety of litigation, regulatory and appellate proceedings. Tomkins’s energy focus began during her representation of various clients, including Sempra Energy, during the California energy crisis. She also developed and taught the law school class, Energy Law, Policy & Climate Change, at UCLA law school. After graduating from law school, Tomkins clerked in the U.S. Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit, for the Honorable Danny J. Boggs.
Tomkins is chair of the board of directors of the California Minority Counsel Program. She also serves on the board of directors of United Way of Greater Los Angeles, the Coalition for Clean Air and Constitutional Rights Foundation, as well as the advisory board of the U.C. Davis Energy Efficiency Institute. She is a member of the University of California, Irvine Chief Executive Roundtable and the Los Angeles County Fair Association.
Tomkins graduated Order of the Coif from the USC Gould School of Law and received her undergraduate degree in English, with High Distinction, from Pennsylvania State University.