Madison Gas & Electric - Economic Development Director
Sector: Associate Member—Energy
Location: Madison, Wisconsin
About Madison Gas & Electric: Madison Gas and Electric (MGE) generates and distributes electricity to 151,000 customers in Dane County, Wisconsin and purchases and distributes natural gas to 158,000 customers in seven south-central and western Wisconsin counties. MGE's roots in the Madison area date back more than 150 years.
Bio Highlights: Pam Christenson is the Economic Development Director for Madison Gas and Electric, a local utility company that generates and distributes natural gas and electricity to approximately 140,000 customers in seven south-central and western Wisconsin counties. In this role, Ms. Christenson partners with business, education and government leaders to ensure well-planned and beneficial economic growth occurs in the MGE service area. She currently serves as the President of the Wisconsin Economic Development Association and on the boards of the Wisconsin Economic Development Institute, Workforce Development Board of South Central Wisconsin, BioForward, StartingBlock Madison, Inc., Dane Buy Local, Fitchburg Chamber of Commerce and the Wisconsin Academy of Graduate Service Dogs.
Prior to her work with MGE, Pam held positions in both the public and private sector including 15 years in a number of different roles with the State of Wisconsin. While working at the Wisconsin Department of Commerce, she served as the Director of the Bureau of Entrepreneurship and Technology Development and the Administrator for the Division of Business Development which housed the agency’s economic development and financial programs.
On the private sector side, Ms. Christenson spent several years working at the Wisconsin Petroleum Marketers & Convenience Store Association, the statewide trade group for gas station and c-store owners as their Director of Public Affairs. She also did promotions and special events for the Miller Brewing Company. She and her husband co-own Christy’s Landing, a third generation bar and restaurant on the Madison side of Lake Waubesa.
Pam is an avid runner, having completed 12 marathons and a Ragnar Race. She is also a three-time Ironman triathlon finisher and Tough Mudder survivor.