Vice President, Local Public Affairs, Southern California Edison
Chris Thompson, vice president of Local Public Affairs for Southern California Edison (SCE), is responsible for community and government relations at the municipal and county levels.
Chris has served in several leadership roles since joining Edison International (EIX) in 2013. During 2013 and 2014, he served as vice president for Decommissioning at the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station (SONGS). In that role, he led the development and implementation of an integrated strategy for all technical, external, financial, regulatory, and legal tasks related to the plant’s decommissioning. He also worked at Edison Water Resources, an EIX subsidiary.
Previously, Chris served as chief of staff to U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein in Washington, D.C. He was the senator’s principal advisor and oversaw all office operations, including the legislative agenda, communications, and political strategy. During his 10 years on her staff, Chris developed significant expertise in water, energy, and environmental policy.
Prior positions included executive director of a nonprofit agency designed 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.
Chris serves on several boards, including the Board of Trustees of PBS SoCal, California Science Center, Los Angeles Chamber of Commerce, Coalition for Clean Air, and Mobility 21.
Chris majored in Political Science at the University at Santa Barbara.