Executive Chairman Debra Reed Named “Nice Guy of the Year”
Debra L. Reed, executive chairman of Sempra Energy, was honored by San Diego Nice Guys as this year’s “Nice Guy of the Year” in October for her service on the Rady Children’s Hospital and Health Center Board of Trustees, Rady Children’s Hospital – San Diego Board of Directors, and on the Chairman’s Competitiveness Council of the San Diego Regional Economic Development Corporation.
The gala dinner raised more than $165,000 to help families in San Diego that are in desperate need of living expenses due to unexpected or life changing experiences that require one-time assistance to help get them back on their feet. Part of the event’s proceeds are being directed to Pedal the Cause, an organization that funds early stage collaborative cancer research among San Diego-based cancer research institutions.
Ahead of her retirement from the company this week, Reed served as the Pedal the Cause captain of Team Sempra/SDG&E for the third consecutive year, raising approximately $190,000 for the 2018 campaign. The nonprofit donates 100 percent of the proceeds from the event to cancer research. Throughout the past three years, Sempra Energy has donated $300,000 to cover underwriting expenses for Pedal the Cause and has further helped to raise over $500,000 in support of local cancer research institutions.
Throughout her career, Reed has championed a number of major volunteer efforts in San Diego County, including a Habitat for Humanity project where nearly 1,000 Sempra Energy employees built a home for a wounded U.S. veteran and revitalized neighboring homes in Escondido. Reed served as co-chair of the USGA Pro-Am Golf Championship in 2017, an effort that resulted in more than $200,000 raised for Pro Kids | First Tee of San Diego and the Southern California Golf Association Foundation.
Reed served as chairman and CEO of Sempra Energy from 2011 to 2018, and as president of the company from 2017 to 2018. She became the company’s first female officer in 1988 – and is only the second female ever honored as one of San Diego Nice Guys' “Nice Guy of the Year.”