Bill Messner joined Portland General Electric in early February 2014 as Director of PGE’s newly centralized Safety Department. Since that time, he has been the Director of several departments including, Safety & Health, Safety, Security & Resiliency and most recently, in November of 2020, named the Director of Wildfire Mitigation & Resiliency. Bill joined PGE from Southern California Edison Co. in Rosemead, Calif., where he began his journey as an attorney specializing in environmental, real properties and local governance law. He later served as director and principal manager of the company’s Corporate Environmental, Health & Safety Department before joining PGE. In that role, Bill was instrumental in the initial efforts of transforming the SoCal Edison safety culture. Prior to SoCal Edison Bill worked more than 12 years for Exxon Mobil Corporation as an environmental project engineer and an attorney. Bill has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Civil Engineering from California Polytechnic University Pomona, Juris Doctorate from Suffolk Law School, and a Master’s in Business Administration from University of California at Los Angeles.