Donna B. Phillips
Board of Directors


Donna Phillips is a Senior Economic Development Manager for Duke Energy and is responsible for new and expanding industrial and commercial business recruitment in the eastern portion of Duke Energy’s Carolina service territory. Since 1904, Duke Energy’s Economic Development team has helped build the Carolinas’ economy with the textile industry, furniture industry, and others. Today, we’re evolving into an East Coast center for high-tech manufacturing: data centers, automotive parts, pharmaceuticals, biotech, and medical devices. High economic growth occurring in the region is attracting suppliers such as glass, plastic, and metal fabricators. Phillips joined Duke Energy in September 2015 after gaining economic development experience at the North Carolina Department of Commerce/Economic Development Partnership of North Carolina along with experience in Wayne and Duplin County Economic Development offices.

She is a graduate of Chowan University with an Associate’s Degree in Business Administration while continuing to receive a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration-Marketing and a Master’s in Business Administration from East Carolina University. She is also a graduate of the University of Oklahoma Economic Development Institute. Phillips sits on many boards at her Alma Mater college, East Carolina University, including the Board of Visitors, B.S. Industrial Technology Advisory Board, College of Business Advisory Council, and College of Engineering Board of Directors. She also serves on Chowan University’s Board of Visitors and many local County Economic Development Boards. Duke Energy (NYSE: DUK), a Fortune 150 company headquartered in Charlotte, N.C., is one of the largest energy holding companies in the U.S. It employs 30,000 people and has an electric generating capacity of 51,000 megawatts through its regulated utilities, and 3,000 megawatts through its nonregulated Duke Energy Renewables unit. Duke Energy is transforming its customers’ experience, modernizing the energy grid, generating cleaner energy, and expanding natural gas infrastructure to create a smarter energy future for the people and communities it serves. The Electric Utilities and Infrastructure unit’s regulated utilities serve approximately 7.7 million retail electric customers in six states – North Carolina, South Carolina, Florida, Indiana, Ohio, and Kentucky. The Gas Utilities and Infrastructure unit distributes natural gas to more than 1.6 million customers in five states – North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Ohio, and Kentucky. The Duke Energy Renewables unit operates wind and solar generation facilities across the U.S., as well as energy storage and microgrid projects.