Yolanda Padilla began her career with Southern California Gas Company, having held a number of management positions including Computer Instructor, Marketing Supervisor and Emergency Preparedness Coordinator.
As liaison between Sempra Energy’s family of companies and women and minority business community, she furthers opportunities, and identifies, develops and mentors viable minority, women and service-disabled veteran owned business enterprises (DBEs) to do business with Sempra Energy utilities. A champion of supplier diversity, she serves as an internal consultant and advocates for minority and women supplier utilization throughout the organization, focusing on furthering the business value of diversity. She has successfully developed alliances with Supply Management and internal business clients, has provided leadership on internal procurement teams, and is instrumental for Sempra Energy utilities 25% spend of its total procurement dollars with DBEs.
Padilla serves as an officer of the Southern California Minority Business Development Council Board of Directors, and in leadership roles in the National Latina Business Women Association, Latin Business Association, and The National Association of Women Business Owners.
Sempra Energy is a $12 billion Fortune 500 energy services company and has the largest customer base of any energy utility in the United States. With 14,000 employees worldwide, the Sempra Energy companies develop energy infrastructure, operate utilities, and provide related products and services to more than 29 million consumers in the U. S., Europe, Canada, Mexico, South America and Asia. Sempra Energy is the parent company of San Diego Gas & Electric and the Southern California Gas Company. Respectively, SDG&E services 3.4 million consumers through 1.3 million electric meters and more than 825,000 natural gas meters in 125 communities. SoCal Gas Company is the nation’s largest natural gas distribution utility, serving a population of 19.8 million consumers through 5.16 million natural gas meters in more than 500 communities.