Judy Poferl serves as Senior Vice President and Corporate Secretary for Xcel Energy, one of the nation’s largest energy companies. She is responsible for Executive Services, which includes Strategic Planning, Compliance and Business Conduct, and Corporate Communications. In her role as Corporate Secretary, Poferl is the primary conduit between the company and its Board of Directors and is accountable for planning board and committee meetings and providing needed briefing materials to directors. She also serves as Chief of Staff for the CEO.
Poferl is a driving force behind Xcel Energy’s clean energy strategy. The company, which services millions of electric and natural gas customers in eight states, is a national leader in wind energy and was awarded a Climate Leadership Award by the EPA for its successful efforts to reduce carbon emissions while keeping bills low. She is also responsible for corporate strategy, governance, and compliance, including how the company shares its clean energy and social responsibility story with key stakeholders. In 2016, Xcel Energy was recognized with the Best Corporate Responsibility Disclosure at the 9th annual Corporate Governance Awards, beating out hundreds of companies in a variety of industries.
Poferl has more than 30 years of leadership experience within the energy industry. She joined Xcel Energy in 1998 and has led several functions during her career, including Customer and Community Relations, Operations, Regulatory Affairs and serving as President and CEO of the Minnesota operating company. Prior to joining Xcel Energy, Poferl worked in leadership positions at the Minnesota Department of Public Service (now Commerce) managing the energy regulation group and Minnegasco (now CenterPoint Energy) managing gas supply and regulatory departments.
Poferl is an active community leader who currently serves as trustee for the College of St. Benedict and is a member of the Minnesota Women’s Economic Roundtable. She recently completed six-year terms as a director of the Greater Twin Cities United Way and the Science Museum of Minnesota, serving on the governance committee of both organizations. She has also previously served as a director on the Minnesota Chamber of Commerce.
She earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in government from the College of St. Benedict and a Master of Arts degree in public affairs from the University of Minnesota’s Hubert H. Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs.
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