Saint Louis University and the Black Alumni Association will host the 24th Annual Ernest A. Calloway Jr., Prayer Breakfast Reunion at 9 a.m. Saturday, April 26, in the St. Louis Room at the University's Busch Student Center, 20 N. Grand Blvd.
Jessie J. Knight Jr., a 1972 SLU graduate will be honored as the 2014 Distinguished Black Alumni Award Recipient and be the guest speaker. Knight is the executive vice president of external affairs for Sempra Energy, chairman of San Diego Gas and Electric, and chairman of SoCal Gas.
The event will also celebrate SLU's 70th Anniversary of Inclusion and benefit the Pioneers of Inclusion Scholarship Fund. The cost is $50 per person and includes a $20 gift to the scholarship fund.
About Jessie J. Knight Jr.
|Jessie J. Knight Jr.|
Jessie J. Knight, Jr. is executive vice president of external affairs for Sempra Energy and chairman of San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E) and Southern California Gas Co. (SoCalGas), both of which are subsidiaries of Sempra Energy - a San Diego-based Fortune 500 energy services holding company whose subsidiaries provide electricity, natural gas and value-added products and services. The Sempra Energy companies' nearly 17,000 employees serve more than 31 million consumers worldwide.
At Sempra Energy, Knight oversees all communications and community relations activities, government relations and regulatory and international affairs. Additionally, Knight serves as chairman of the board of SoCalGas and SDG&E.
Previously, he served as chairman and chief executive officer of SDG&E from 2010 to 2013. Prior to that, he was executive vice president of external affairs for Sempra Energy.
Before joining Sempra Energy in 2006, Knight served for seven years as president and chief executive officer of the San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce, which represents 2,800 companies with more than 400,000 employees. The San Diego chamber is the largest business organization in California and the third largest chamber of commerce in the western United States.
From 1993 to 1999, Knight served as commissioner for the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC), after being appointed by then-Gov. Pete Wilson. The agency has regulatory oversight for California's energy, telecommunications, railroad, transportation and water industries.
Prior to his appointment as CPUC commissioner, Knight served as executive vice president of the San Francisco Chamber of Commerce, responsible for international operations, economic development and business development for that chamber's 2,100 businesses.
From 1985 and until 1992, Knight was vice president of marketing for the San Francisco Chronicle and San Francisco Examiner newspapers, overseeing business-to-business and circulation marketing, research and strategic planning. While there, he won five coveted national Clio Awards for television, radio, and print advertising and a Cannes Film Festival Golden Lion Award for business marketing.