Eugene “Mitch” Mitchell is vice president of state government affairs and external affairs for San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E) and Southern California Gas Co. (SoCalGas).

Mitchell is responsible for state governmental affairs for both California utilities and oversees external affairs activities for SDG&E. Prior to his current position; Mitchell was responsible for state governmental affairs for both California utilities.

Prior to joining SoCalGas in 2005, Mitchell served as vice president of public policy and communications at the San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce where he worked with the Chamber’s members and diverse volunteer base to develop a public policy agenda that is favorable to the business climate and standard of living in San Diego. He was also in charge of representing the Chamber and its members’ public policy positions to local, state and federal officials.

Previously, Mitchell was director of governmental relations for American Medical Response, the nation’s largest ambulance transportation firm. From 1996 to 1997, he served as assistant director of governmental relations for the San Diego Mayor’s Office under Mayor Susan Golding, overseeing the city’s legislative priorities and advising the mayor on policy issues.

Prior to working at the mayor’s office, Mitchell was the director of governmental relations for the San Diego City Fire Fighters Local 145 IAFF, one of the city’s largest labor unions.

Mitchell is an active member of the community. He has served for several years on the board of directors for the Jacobs & Cushman San Diego Food Bank and the New Children’s Museum, and is also currently on the Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles, San Diego Museum of Art, the Voice of San Diego and the California Asian Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors. He previously served on the boards of the San Diego Opera and Burn Institute and San Diego Union-Tribune Citizen Editorial board. Mitchell was also once a governor’s appointee to the Little Hoover Commission. In 2009, Mitch was selected as one of the nine civic and community leaders to receive LEAD San Diego’s Visionary Award.

Mitchell earned his bachelor’s degree in political science from University of Redlands.