With over 20 years of experience in the electric utility industry, Lora is currently serving as SMUD’s first Chief Zero Carbon Officer. In this role, she’s responsible for the transition of SMUD’s power supply to achieve zero carbon emissions by 2030. Lora provides leadership for SMUD’s energy supply, which includes design, construction, maintenance and transition of SMUD’s power generation assets; the sale and procurement of energy resources and settlements of energy transactions and customer program design and development pertaining to distributed energy resources. She’s also responsible for research and development activities and establishing new business partnerships that align with SMUD’s 2030 zero carbon goal.
Lora’s previous leadership experience at SMUD includes overseeing the day-to-day operations of the distribution grid, transmission and distribution maintenance engineering, the development of electrical design and construction standards and the work management activities for line design and construction. Lora led the deployment of SMUD’s smart meter project and managed SMUD’s distribution automation project.
Lora earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from the California State University, Sacramento and currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Western Energy Institute and the CSUS, Foundation Board and is a member of the Leadership Roseville class of 2023.