Hilda Pinnix-Ragland is vice president of corporate public affairs for Duke Energy. She has responsibility for working with officials at the federal, state and local levels to develop responsible public policy that protects consumers and businesses. She is also responsible for working with Duke Energy’s International interests on energy initiatives for broad-reaching policy positions with stakeholder organizations.
Hilda has more than 30 years of experience in the energy industry. Prior to the merger between Duke Energy and Progress Energy in July 2012, she served as Progress Energy’s vice president of corporate public affairs.
Hilda joined Progress Energy (formerly Carolina Power & Light) in 1980 and held a variety of leadership roles in communications, customer operations, economic development, treasury, auditing and management services. She has been an officer since 1998. Prior to her employment at Progress Energy, she was an auditor with Arthur Andersen and an accountant with Colgate-Palmolive, both in New York.
Hilda grew up in Hillsborough, N.C., graduating magna cum laude from North Carolina A&T State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in accounting. She earned an MBA from Duke University and completed Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Public Policy Executive Leadership Program.
Active in the community, Hilda currently serves as immediate past chair and a board member of the N.C. State Board of Community Colleges. She is governance chair of the American Association of Blacks in Energy and a member of the board of directors of RTI International. She is a member of the board of trustees for the National Parks Foundation and the N.C. College Foundation. She also serves on the boards of trustees for the National Parks Foundation and the N. C. College Foundation.
She is a recipient of the 2007 James E. Stewart Award, the highest award given each year by the American Association of Blacks in Energy. She received the 2008 North Carolina 4-H Lifetime Achievement Award and the prestigious Education Award for Leadership in Community Colleges from Vice President Joe Biden. The American Academy of Business and Commerce honored Hilda with the 2010 National “Best of Black Business” Award in Energy, and Savoy Magazine recognized her as one of the 2012 Top 100 Influential Women in Corporate America. Hilda has also received the Distinguished Alumni Award from North Carolina A&T State University and was named one of the top black energy professionals by U. S. Black Engineer and Information Technology magazine.
Hilda and her husband, Al, have one daughter and one granddaughter.