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RICHARD T. THIGPEN

Richard T. Thigpen was named senior vice president - corporate citizenship at PSEG, in July 2018. In this position, Thigpen is responsible for the state governmental affairs organization, as well as oversees the federal affairs and corporate citizenship and culture departments.  In addition, he is the chairman of the PSEG Foundation. Thigpen joined PSEG in March 2007 as vice president – state governmental affairs of PSEG Services Corporation. He has been a public affairs consultant since 1999 and was a co-founding partner of 1868 Public Affairs LLC, which provides lobbying, strategic planning, public relations and government relations services to clients in New Jersey, New York and Washington, D.C.

Previously, Thigpen served as an associate at the New York law firm of Thacher Proffitt and Wood in the mortgage-backed securities practice group (1988 to 1990), was the district director for Congressman Don Payne (NJ-10) (1990 to 1996) and the executive director of the New Jersey Democratic State Committee (1996 to 1999).  He has also served as a political analyst for New Jersey Network Television News and as an academic associate for PublicMind, Fairleigh Dickinson University Polling and Survey Research Institute.  Thigpen was a former assistant to the president of the NAACP State Conference for Public Affairs, a member of the Board of the Regional Plan Association, and a member of The American Association of Blacks in Energy’s (AABE) National Board and chair of the Legislative Issues and Public Policy Committee.

Thigpen holds a Doctor of Law degree from Columbia University School of Law in New York and a bachelor’s degree in political science from Brown University in Rhode Island.