Executive Vice President of Strategy, Switch
Betsy Fretwell is chairwoman of the LVGEA50 Board of Directors, and an Executive Vice President of Switch. She plays a key strategic advisory role to the CEO, President and corporate officers of Switch in designing and executing strategies to achieve the company’s vision and corporate objectives. Ms. Fretwell is responsible for strategic initiatives, government affairs, execution of mergers and acquisitions, special projects and strategic partnerships.
Prior to joining Switch, Ms. Fretwell served 27 years of public service in Southern Nevada for Clark County, City of Henderson and the City of Las Vegas in various positions. Her public sector career culminated with nearly 9 years as the Las Vegas City Manager. While serving as City Manager, Fretwell successfully navigated and rebounded from the 2008 Great Recession and led the City’s emergence as a tech disruptor by establishing an innovation district and hosting the first autonomous shuttle on public roadways. She also attained 100% renewable energy sustainability for the municipal power load.
Fretwell uses her strong knowledge of emerging technologies, connected infrastructure and public sector data needs, to play an essential role in business development, government affairs, corporate expansion, research and development for Switch.
Ms. Fretwell Is a graduate of the University of Georgia with degrees in Political Science (BA) and in Public Administration (MPA).
Fretwell serves on numerous community business boards. She is the Chair of the Las Vegas Global Economic Alliance, and an executive board member for the Vegas Chamber of Commerce and Nevada International Women’s Forum. Additionally, Fretwell serves as a board member for Las Vegas Events, Henderson Development Authority, The Smith Center for the Performing Arts, MountainView Hospital and Nevada Grant Lab. She is a Fellow with the National Academy of Public Administration and a member of the National Academy of Sciences Government, Universities and Industry Roundtable.