About the Foundation

Background and History

The PG&E Corporation Foundation was incorporated in California in 2000 as an independent, private foundation funded solely by PG&E Corporation. The Foundation’s original mission was to make grants to individuals and organizations to support education, the environment and general community purposes. It is funded exclusively with PG&E Corporation shareholder dollars.


The Foundation's original mission continues today, by supporting underserved populations through a focus on education, economic and community vitality and the environment.

Since its inception, the Foundation has granted nearly $100 million to support communities in need, particularly in Northern and Central California.

The PG&E Corporation Foundation undergoes an annual financial audit by an external accounting firm.

Board of Directors

Helen A. Burt

  • Helen A. Burt, Chair

    Helen Burt is Senior Vice President of External Affairs and Public Policy for PG&E leading the full spectrum of PG&E’s initiatives within federal affairs, state and local government relations, community relations, digital strategy, brand management, advertising, media relations, customer communications and internal communications. She is also the Chair of the PG&E Corporation Foundation.

    Prior to leading External Affairs and Public Policy, Burt served as Senior Vice President and Chief Customer Officer for Pacific Gas and Electric Company. Before joining PG&E, Burt served as Vice President, Customer Billing and Operations at TXU Energy. She began her career at TXU as a customer service representative and concluded it as a Vice President, with responsibility for all gas and electric customer service and a 2,000-person organization.

    Burt holds a bachelor's degree in biology and chemistry from Midwestern State University in Wichita Falls, Texas. Burt was named one of the 100 Most Influential Women in the Bay Area by the San Francisco Business Times for five consecutive years. She serves a Director and head of the Governance Committee for the nonprofit Alliance to Save Energy, which promotes energy efficiency worldwide through research, education and advocacy; Director and Executive Committee Member for Meals on Wheels of San Francisco; and Director of the Silicon Valley Leadership Group. Helen is also a member of the Executive Women in Energy Forum and the Hawthorn Club.

Christopher P. Johns

Board Member
  • Christopher P. Johns, Board Member

    Chris Johns has been with PG&E since 1996 and was named president in August 2009. Previously, Johns was a partner at KPMG Peat Marwick LLP. In addition to his extensive responsibilities at PG&E, Johns actively serves the community through board service with the San Francisco Ballet, San Francisco First Tee, San Francisco Reviving Baseball for Inner-City Youth (RBI) and the American Gas Association. He is also a member of the California Chamber of Commerce.

    Johns earned a bachelor's degree in accounting from the University of Notre Dame. He has also completed the Nuclear Reactor Technology Program at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and is a certified public accountant in the states of California and Florida.

Hyun Park

Board Member
  • Hyun Park, Board Member

    Hyun Park, with over two decades in the legal sector, is senior vice president and general counsel for PG&E Corporation and its businesses, including its principal subsidiary, Pacific Gas and Electric Company. Park oversees the legal and corporate secretary functions.

    Prior to joining PG&E Corporation in 2006, he was vice president, general counsel and secretary at Allegheny Energy, Inc. Park previously served as senior vice president, general counsel and secretary of Sithe Energies, Inc. He also was a partner with the law firm of Latham & Watkins, where he specialized in corporate transactions and finance.

    Park is a graduate of Harvard Law School. In addition, he holds a graduate degree in economics from Oxford University and a bachelor’s degree in economics from Columbia University. He is a member of the State Bar of California and serves on the boards of directors of the San Francisco and Marin Food Banks and the California Minority Counsel Program.

Dinyar B. Mistry

Board Member
  • Dinyar B. Mistry, Board Member

    Dinyar Mistry is vice president and controller for PG&E Corporation and Pacific Gas and Electric Company and chief financial officer for Pacific Gas and Electric Company.

    Mistry joined Pacific Gas and Electric Company in 1994 and has held positions of increasing responsibility in the Finance and Regulation organizations at both the Utility and PG&E Corporation. He has served as vice president and controller of Pacific Gas and Electric Company; as vice president, Regulation and Rates; as vice president, Internal Audit and Compliance; and most recently as vice president and chief risk and audit officer. Prior to his arrival at Pacific Gas and Electric Company, Mistry was a senior manager at KPMG.

    He holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree in accounting and financial management from Bombay University, a Master of Business Administration from Texas Christian University and a Master of Science degree in taxation from Golden Gate University. Mistry sits on the board of directors of First Graduate and is registered as a certified public accountant in the state of California.

Tim Fitzpatrick

Board Member
  • Tim Fitzpatrick, Board Member

    Tim Fitzpatrick is vice president of Corporate Relations and chief communications officer of Pacific Gas and Electric Company. He has responsibility for the company’s internal and external communications and solutions marketing.

    Before joining PG&E in 2013, Fitzpatrick served as chief communications officer for NextEra Energy, Inc., and as vice president of Marketing and Communications for its electric utility subsidiary, Florida Power & Light Company.

    Earlier in his career, Fitzpatrick served in communications leadership roles at Lexmark International, a printer manufacturer; BASF, the world’s largest chemical company; and, Ameritech, one of the seven regional "Baby Bells."

    Fitzpatrick began his career in the newspaper business and holds a degree in journalism from Youngstown State University in Youngstown, Ohio.

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