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Michael Backstrom

Southern California Edison (SCE)
Managing Director, Energy & Environmental Policy

Michael Backstrom is the Managing Director, Energy & Environmental Policy for Southern California Edison (SCE).  In this role, he is responsible for leading the analysis of proposed energy and environmental regulations; developing regulatory engagement strategies; overseeing advocacy at state and federal environmental agencies; and ensuring effective case management of key energy policy proceedings.


Mr. Backstrom joined SCE in 2005 as an attorney in the legal department, responsible for regulatory proceedings before the California Public Utilities Commission. He subsequently held positions in both regulatory and legislative affairs, developing policy positions and advocating for the company in Washington D.C. and California.  In 2013, he became Director, Chairman’s Office, where he served as chief of staff to Ted Craver, Chairman and CEO of Edison International. 


In 2015, Mr. Backstrom moved to the position of Director, Customer Experience at SCE. He was responsible for customer satisfaction improvement strategies, website development, and the marketing of customer programs and services.  In 2017, he assumed his current position. 


Prior to joining SCE, Mr. Backstrom was an associate in the Los Angeles office of Howrey, LLP, where his practice focused on commercial litigation.


He earned a bachelor’s degree in English from Pepperdine University in 1997, and a juris doctor from the University of Southern California in 2000.

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Tuesday, April 25

10:00am PDT