Meeting of the Minds Speaker

Debra Smith

General Manager and CEO

Seattle City Light

Debra Smith is the General Manager and CEO of Seattle City Light, one of the nation’s largest publicly owned utilities.

Seattle City Light serves more than 500,000 customers across Seattle and eight adjacent jurisdictions and franchise cities.

Previously, Smith served as Central Lincoln PUD’s General Manager from July 2013 to October 2018. She brought 17 years of experience to that role from the Eugene Water and Electric Board, where she held a variety of positions, including Assistant General Manager.

Smith earned a Bachelor of Science in Finance from Arizona State University and is a Senior Fellow with the American Leadership Forum of Oregon. She currently serves on the Public Power Council, where she is the vice chair of the Fish and Wildlife Committee.

Smith and her husband Dale have raised three sons and two daughters. Their grandson Ollie has quickly become their favorite kid!