Past Event

Women in Energy Roundtable: Marcia Burkey

May 7, 2021
12:00 PM - 1:15 PM
Online Event

Please join the Center on Global Energy Policy's Women in Energy program for a virtual roundtable discussion with Marcia Burkey, Executive Vice President & Chief Financial Officer of TerraPower. Aside from her career path, Ms. Burkey will also discuss how TerraPower fits into the energy transition and what type of career disciplines propel their progress.


About TerraPower

TerraPower was started in 2008 when our founder, Bill Gates, saw clean energy as an opportunity to sustainably lift people out of poverty. Working with our employees and investors, we have expanded that vision to also include the advancement of nuclear science in medical isotopes to offer life-saving treatment for cancer. TerraPower is on a mission to tackle some of the most pressing challenges facing mankind with safe, affordable and sustainable technologies.



​Marcia Burkey is the executive vice president and chief financial officer (CFO), responsible for TerraPower’s finance operations, human resources, information technology, procurement and contracts, and commercial development.

Immediately prior to joining TerraPower, Burkey was the managing director at TeleSoft Partners, a Silicon Valley venture capital firm which funds, incubates and helps build value in companies of various stages. She oversaw investment operations for a family of funds with commitments exceeding $625M including SBIC commitments. TeleSoft’s funds invest in communication, energy, internet and information technology (IT) companies.

Prior to her work at TeleSoft, Burkey was a senior vice president and partner of Bechtel Group, Inc. In her capacity as CFO of Bechtel Enterprises, she was responsible for leading the investment efforts along with financial planning and analysis, control, tax, treasury, and IT efforts. Additionally, Burkey assisted in capital raisings within Bechtel Enterprises and Bechtel Group, and served on the boards of UIC, Alterra and InterGen. She led the development and sale of investments in North America, Asia, South America and the Middle East. Burkey also served as the president of Bechtel’s NASD broker-dealer, Bechtel Financing Services, Inc.

Prior to her work at Bechtel, Burkey spent nine years at SBC Warburg (now UBS) in corporate and project finance positions. She was involved in project financings globally for SBC Warburg in New York, and directed the firm’s Latin America project finance business development efforts. In addition, she was responsible for corporate advisory and financing in multiple industries, including work with U.S. public utilities. While at SBC Warburg, Burkey assisted in raising debt and equity capital for U.S. electric, water and gas utilities in excess of $2.5B.

Burkey holds a Bachelor's degree from Macalester College, Phi Beta Kappa and Magna Cum Laude, and a Master's degree from Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs.


This event will be hosted via Zoom. Advance registration is required. Upon registration, you will receive a confirmation email with access details. The event will be recorded and the video recording will be added to our website following the event.

For more information, please contact Jully Merino Carela ([email protected]) or Nicolina DueMogensen ([email protected]).

Contact Information

Center on Global Energy Policy