In this role, Ms. Zelond is responsible for providing overall financial leadership that maximizes long-term value for all our stakeholders: customers, employees, communities and shareholders. She is a key member of the senior leadership team in managing the transformation of the overall business and has executive management responsibility and accountability for the financial integrity of WGL.
She is responsible for leading and managing the strategic and day-to-day operational financial initiatives of the Utilities business.
Ms. Zelond brings more than 20 years of diverse experience in the regulated and unregulated energy, aviation and public accounting sectors. Most recently, she was the North America CFO of Energy Developments Limited. Her prior energy sector roles included Vice President Finance, Enbridge, where she led the Utilities and Power Operations Finance organization; and Spectra Energy. There, she held increasingly more senior roles, including Vice President, Finance and CFO of Union Gas.
Early in her career, Ms. Zelond held audit roles with both PwC and Arthur Anderson.
Ms. Zelond received her Master of Business Administration from the University of St. Thomas and her Bachelor of Business Administration from Oklahoma Christian University. She is also a Certified Public Accountant.
Karen M. Hardwick is Senior Vice President and General Counsel for WGL Holdings, Inc. and Washington Gas Light Company. She is responsible for managing and directing the company’s legal strategy and supervising the attorney staff and the corporate secretary.
Ms. Hardwick brings to her current position 30 years of experience in the public, private, and nonprofit sectors. She began her career at Hogan & Hartson LLP (Now Hogan Lovells LLP). During her 18 years with the firm, Ms. Hardwick rose to equity partner and managed commercial litigation and complex investigations for technology companies, regulated utilities, commercial real estate developers, and insurers.
Prior to joining WGL in October 2018, Ms. Hardwick served as General Counsel for the University of the District of Columbia (UDC), where as a member of the president’s cabinet she helped lead the ongoing transformation of the university, rebuilt the legal operations to enhance service delivery, managed the university’s corporate governance, and directed outside counsel in high stakes litigation.
Before her role at UDC, Ms. Hardwick served as general counsel to Annapolis, Maryland, a municipal corporation, and managed all of the city’s legal affairs, which involved complex litigation, debt issuances, design and construction of major capital projects, and corporate governance. Ms. Hardwick also worked as General Counsel and Executive Vice President of the Anacostia Waterfront Corporation, leading the legal negotiation of public and private real estate development projects near the Washington National’s Stadium and at the Wharf on the Southwest Waterfront.
Ms. Hardwick is active in the community through volunteerism and contributing her time and management skills to several non-profits. Since 2006, she has served as Vice President of the Washing Children’s Foundation, and served in leadership roles on the boards of organizations including the National Capital Revitalization Corporation, the District of Columbia Chamber of Commerce, and Leadership Greater Washington.
A native Washingtonian, Ms. Hardwick is a graduate of the University of Virginia, where she received a Bachelor of Science Engineering, and earned a law degree from Harvard Law School. She and her husband reside in Washington, DC and Annapolis, MD.
Donald “Blue” Jenkins, age 47, is AltaGas’ Executive Vice President & President, Utilities and President, Washington Gas. In this role, Mr. Jenkins oversees the development and execution of AltaGas’ strategic plan and advances the strategy of implementing an operational excellence model across its U.S. Utilities.
Mr. Jenkins is a seasoned executive with more than two decades of experience in all facets of the energy industry. With senior leadership roles in commercial strategy, business development, trading, information technology and safety, he brings a comprehensive understanding of the energy value chain across the utilities and midstream sectors. A results-oriented leader with a proven track record of driving transformation and building high-performance organizational cultures, Mr. Jenkins is also a champion of diversity and safety leadership.
Most recently, he served as Chief Commercial Officer at EQT Corporation, a premier U.S. integrated gas company. In this role, he oversaw all aspects of commercial operations, including financial planning and strategic decision-making, commodity sales, operations, logistics, contracting, risk management IT and business development. Prior to EQT, he held multiple executive roles at BP including serving as Senior Vice President, North America Gas and Power, and was a key member of BP’s U.S. leadership team.
While at EQT Corporation, he successfully championed the negotiation of a $3.5 billion joint venture for Mountain Valley Pipeline, assisted with the company’s $7 billion acquisition of Rice Energy and was the driving force behind EQT’s increased bottom line.
He holds a Master of Business Administration degree from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University and a Bachelor of Science in Accounting from Brigham Young University.