Heather Rivard

Senior Vice President, Transmission & Distribution
Southern California Edison

Heather Rivard is senior vice president, Transmission & Distribution, at Southern California Edison, one of the nation’s largest electric utilities. She is responsible for the operation, maintenance and modernization of SCE’s electrical grid that covers a 50,000-square-mile service area.

Previously, Rivard was senior vice president of Electric Distribution at DTE Energy where she worked for 28 years. In this role, she was responsible for the safe and reliable distribution of electricity to 2.1 million customers across Southeastern Michigan.

Throughout her career, Rivard has held various roles of increasing responsibility, starting as a marketing account representative and later transitioning to customer service supervisor, service center manager, director of Electric Service Operations and vice president of Corporate Services overseeing procurement, fleet and facility services for DTE Energy.

Rivard is a board member of the Association of Edison Illuminating Companies and a member of its Power Delivery committee, where she helps solve challenges and create opportunities for electric utilities worldwide through research and sharing of technical information and best practices.

Before joining the utility industry, she spent several years working as an aerospace engineer for the Department of Defense in Washington, D.C. and NASA at the Johnson Space Center.

She has a bachelor’s degree in aerospace engineering and MBA from the University of Michigan.

Heather Rivard