Sharon L. Tomkins
Sharon L. Tomkins is vice president of sustainability for Sempra Energy. In this role, Tomkins oversees Sempra Energy’s environmental, social and governance efforts, and corporate sustainability strategy.
Previously, she served as vice president of strategy, engagement, and chief environmental officer for Southern California Gas Co. (SoCalGas), one of Sempra Energy’s regulated California utilities.
In that role, Tomkins led SoCalGas’ energy policy and strategy, which included issues management for balanced energy, energy choice, affordability and reliability. Prior to that, she served as SoCalGas’ general counsel and regulatory assistant general counsel.
Before joining SoCalGas in 2010, 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 for The California Minority Counsel Project. She is also a director for the Cal Poly Pomona Philanthropic Foundation and serves on its audit committee. Tomkins previously served as a board member on the United Way of Greater Los Angeles and the Library Foundation of Los Angeles.
Tomkins holds a bachelor’s degree in English, with high distinction, from Pennsylvania State University and graduated Order of the Coif from the USC Gould School of Law.