Senior VP, Advocacy & Communications and General Counsel
Delia Patterson is the Vice President of Regulatory Affairs & General Counsel of the American Public Power Association (APPA). Prior to becoming General Counsel, Patterson was APPA’s Assistant General Counsel. She assists APPA and its members in energy policy formulation and with policy advocacy before the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), federal courts, and other governmental and industry policy forums.
Before joining APPA, Patterson was a senior associate at a large law firm, where she represented energy companies in a broad range of matters before FERC and worked on energy-related project finance deals for nearly seven years. Patterson has served six years as a commissioned officer in the U.S. Navy, including within the Naval Nuclear Propulsion Program. She also was a judicial extern for the Honorable Mary Ellen Coster Williams, United States Court of Federal Claims.
She is on the board of directors of the Energy Bar Association and the Center for Sustainable Development in Africa. She is a member of the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory Future Electric Utility Regulation Advisory Group.
Patterson earned her J.D. degree from the Georgetown University Law Center, her M.S. degree in Systems Engineering from Virginia Tech, a NonProfit Management Executive Certificate from Georgetown University, and her B.S. degree from the United States Naval Academy. She is admitted to practice in the District of Columbia and Florida, before the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit and the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit.