Eugene “Mitch” Mitchell, the vice president of public policy and communications for the San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce, is leaving his post of almost six years to become the regional vice president of external affairs for the San Diego Gas & Electric and Southern California Gas companies.
His last day with the chamber will be Oct. 21.
“This job is a wonderful opportunity for me to work with a great team over at SDG & E; and SoCal Gas,” said Mitchell on Oct. 13.
He said his duties will include border issues, improving energy infrastructure, natural gas, and helping to develop energy policies.
“There is a tremendous amount of focus on the energy situation in California, and where the state is heading,” he said. “I’m looking forward to immersing myself in those discussions.”
Reflecting on his tenure at the chamber, Mitchell said, “At the end of my run, I am extremely proud of what my team has accomplished.”
Among those achievements, he cited the improved communications with the powers that be in Sacramento, securing agreements with the Super Bowl host committee, enabling local businesses to get contracts with National Football League vendors, and helping to forge a new lease agreement between the city and the San Diego Chargers.
“I tried to look at things not only in Downtown, or the city, but the entire county and region, including Baja,” said Mitchell. “It’s been an amazing experience.”
Crediting Jessie J. Knight Jr., the chamber’s president and chief executive officer, “with offering me a way to increase my challenges, I will be forever grateful to him,” Mitchell said.
Knight said Mitchell had “served this organization admirably.”
“He has been in this position longer than anyone in the chamber’s recent historical memory. His contributions are legion, as he has toiled in the trenches to help my senior team build this organization into one of the strongest and most powerful business organizations in the state of California,” Knight added.
According to Knight, Mitchell has done “some very important preliminary work to identify good potential candidates that fit well within the Public Policy Department and with our management team.”
“I am beginning to search immediately,” Knight added.