Occupation: Consultant; Board Director
Education: BA, Yale University
Emily Pataki is the Board President and District 2 Director for the Pedernales Electric Cooperative (PEC). PEC is the country’s largest electric distribution cooperative with $1.5 Billion in assets and nearly 250,000 members served across its 8,100 mi2 territory. After becoming the first challenger to defeat an incumbent director in an open election in 2014, Emily has gone on to champion cost cutting measures, pragmatic energy policies, and rate reductions, ultimately bringing member electric bills well below the state average. She was an instrumental leader in the adoption of single-member district elections. In 2016, her Board peers elected her to serve as Board President, making her the youngest female in company history ever to serve in the position. In 2017, the PEC membership re-elected Ms. Pataki to a second term with 83% of the vote.
Despite the demands of raising three small children, Ms. Pataki remains highly engaged in civic and professional service. She is currently an independent writing consultant for corporations, non-profits and individuals. She also serves on the Board of Atec, Inc., an aerospace engineering company that provides high quality products for the aerospace and energy industries. Emily is a board member of the Association of Women in Energy, a national organization that is dedicated to helping connect women and men with the tools they need to succeed in the energy industry. Before taking time away from work to start a family, Ms. Pataki was Vice President and owner of Houston-based gourmet foods company, La Gringa Gourmet, Inc.
Emily has been active in grassroots politics for the past decade. She has served in numerous board positions for the Williamson County Republican Women, including President, Vice President, and currently as Legislative Chair. In 2014 the Texas Federation of Republican Women named her a Tribute to Women honoree. She has volunteered for several Republican campaigns as well, including City of Cedar Park Council races, Williamson County races, and seats in the Texas state legislature. In 2010, she served as a citizen representative on the City of Cedar Park Web Development Board.
Emily Pataki is a 7th generation Texan and native Houstonian. Ms. Pataki holds a Bachelor of Arts from Yale University in New Haven, CT, where she lettered in Division I Varsity Softball; held leadership positions in her sorority, Kappa Alpha Theta; reported for the Yale Daily News; and co-hosted a conservative talk show for the Yale radio station her Senior Year. While at Yale, Emily met her husband, Ted, and they married in 2008 following his deployment to Iraq with the United States Marine Corps. Emily and Ted are raising their three children – Stephen, Marianne, and George – in Cedar Park, just outside of Austin. The Pataki family is actively involved in the Catholic community of the Austin Diocese.