Hilda Pinnix-Ragland is currently a Corporate Officer and Vice President of Public Affairs for Duke Energy, the national largest electric utility. In this role, she collaborates with federal, state and local officials to develop responsible public policy. She also works with Duke Energy’s International interests on global policy positions with a broad range of stakeholder organizations.
Hilda has over 30 years of energy management and leadership expertise. She has held a variety of roles including auditing, management services, economic development, customer service operations and communications. She led the largest regional customer operations area while achieving top financial, safety, and customer service and employee satisfaction results.
Her leadership and influence extends well beyond her corporate role. In 2008, she was selected by the North Carolina Governor to co-chair his Transition Team and co-chair the State’s BudgetReform and Accountability Commission. She served six (6) consecutive terms as Chair of the North Carolina State Board of Community Colleges, which oversees the state’s 58 community colleges. She is now serving on the Board as Past Chair. Under her leadership, the Board met significant milestones including key policy reforms and securing the largest education bond and largest contribution from the Gates Foundation. She was elected as the national chair for the American Association of Blacks in Energy with over 35 chapters throughout the US and Africa.
She is a highly valued leader and resource for both the business and the community. As Chair of the downtown Raleigh Alliance, she doubled the size of the membership and built a strong financial foundation. She served as the Chair for the North Carolina State University Advisory Council, which developed and implemented a new strategic direction. Hilda is also a member of the BB&T Advisory Board.
In 2009, Hilda joined the RTI International Board of Directors. She currently serves as Chair of the Governance and Nominating Committee and the Audit Committee.
A native of North Carolina, she graduated Magna Cum Laude from North Carolina A&T University with a Bachelor of Science in Accounting. She earned an MBA from Duke University and completed Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Public Policy Executive Leadership Program.