Az Business and AZRE magazines announced the publications’ lists of the Most Influential Women in Arizona for 2020, including Karilee Ramaley, senior principal attorney at SRP. Each day, azbigmedia.com is profiling one of the Most Influential Women of 2020.
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Today’s spotlight: Karilee Ramaley
Senior principal attorney
Background: Ramaley focuses on utility regulation and compliance. Her legal practice includes both regulatory compliance and complex commercial and environmental litigation. Her work in the community emphasizes alleviating hunger and early childhood issues. She currently serves on the boards of Child Crisis Arizona and the Desert Mission Food Bank.
Professional advice: “I encourage young women in the utility industry to embrace change by being willing to try new things, take chances, ask questions and be resilient in the face of challenge. When I made the jump from working in the semiconductor industry over to public utilities, a friend asked me why. She couldn’t understand why I would want to move from the fast-paced world of tech to what she viewed as the staid and boring utility industry. But it was an easy choice, actually. I knew changes were coming to the utility industry, and I wanted to be involved as the industry evolved. This instinct turned out to be correct. Since I joined SRP, I have had the opportunity to work on a host of new and challenging issues with people throughout the organization. This rapidly evolving landscape is also why I encourage young women working at utilities to speak up and offer their perspective. Diverse viewpoints are necessary to navigate disruption and change.”
Lesson learned in 2020: “I’ve learned to be multi-dimensional both in work and life. I do this by giving my all at work, but also by mentoring others and being involved in the community. These multiple dimensions are of so much value; many things I’ve learned outside of the office can be applied at work. For example, mentoring law students and serving on non-profit boards over the past 12 months has improved my leadership skills greatly.”
Surprising fact: “When I was in middle school, my family moved to Arizona. Shortly after arriving, I got my very own horse. I called her Vegas, and I was responsible for helping to take care of both her and the family horse, which included feeding, exercising and mucking stalls. I loved heading out early in the morning with my friends to ride through the desert, all over the Northeast Valley. I even showed my horse and her foal throughout high school and into early college. I still love to horseback ride and hope to have my own horse again someday.”