Christopher Thompson

Vice President, Local Public Affairs
Southern California Edison

Christopher Thompson is vice president of Local Public Affairs for Southern California Edison (SCE), responsible for community and government relations at the municipal and county levels, and also for licensing of SCE’s major transmission projects.

Previously, Thompson served as senior vice president at Edison Water Resources, a subsidiary of Edison Energy Group.  He was part of the senior management team responsible for the overall strategy and operations of the firm, with a particular focus on policy and business development at the company.

Prior to his role at Edison Water Resources, Thompson was vice president, Strategic Planning for Edison International, the parent company of Edison Energy Group as well as SCE.  He also served as vice president, Decommissioning, at SCE.  In that role, he was responsible for developing and implementing an integrated strategy for all technical, external, financial, regulatory and legal tasks related to the decommissioning process for the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station.  Thompson joined Edison International in 2013 as vice president for the Chairman’s Office, working with the company’s strategic planning team on new business development.

Before joining the company, Thompson served as Chief of Staff to U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein in Washington, D.C.  In addition to acting as the principal advisor to Senator Feinstein, he oversaw all elements of office operations, including the legislative agenda, communications and political strategy.  

Prior to becoming Chief of Staff, Thompson worked in several roles during his 10 years on the staff of Senator Feinstein, including Legislative Director and Legislative Assistant.  He developed significant expertise in water, energy and environmental policy while working on the Senator’s staff.   
 
Before working on Senator Feinstein’s staff, Thompson served as Executive Director of a nonprofit agency developing and implementing programs to improve U.S.- United Nations relations and humanitarian efforts related to landmine removal.  He also worked on the Capitol Hill staff of U.S. Representative Julian Dixon and at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.

Thompson is on the Board of Trustees of PBS SoCal.

Thompson majored in Political Science at the University of California at Santa Barbara.

Christopher Thompson