2022 Forty Under 40: Danielle McGrath

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President, Indiana Energy Association

As head of the association of electric and natural gas companies, Danielle McGrath serves as the public face of the Indiana energy industry. In that role, she has earned recognition as a skillful negotiator and consensus builder who’s demonstrated the ability to grasp complex issues. “The energy industry is in the midst of a significant transition, and with that comes challenges and opportunities,” she said. “I love being in the mix of it all.”

Getting here: McGrath started with the Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission, where she learned about the regulatory environment. She moved into Gov. Mike Pence’s office, working in public policy and agency matters, then to the Indiana Economic Development Corp., where she promoted Indiana as a great place to live, work and play. “It didn’t feel like it at the time,” she said, “but looking back, it was a direct path.”

First job: cashier at Bronko’s Restaurant—a staple in northwestern Indiana

Proud moment: McGrath started with the Indiana Energy Association 12 weeks after having her second child. She “jumped into a fast-moving legislative session and then managed my team throughout the pandemic barely six months on the job. It was a lot.”

Influential people: “A culmination of people and experiences. I respect my dad’s work ethic, remember my first boss’s kindness, am thankful for a graduate professor’s encouragement, am jealous of an old friend’s humor and grateful for my mentors’ unwavering support.”

Givebacks: volunteer, Rotary Club and Public Relations Society of America; committee member, Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation

Downtime: reading, trying new recipes or restaurants, family time•

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