Distinguished Alumna 2016: Leanne Swanson
Principal Manager, Distribution Engineering
Southern California Edison
Without Leanne Swanson’s watchful eye and steady hand, the lights at your home might not stay on. She is the principal manager of Distribution Engineering at Southern California Edison (SCE), overseeing and managing the teams responsible for the planning of electric distribution throughout the SCE system.
Swanson started at SCE in 2000 and has held a variety of engineering, supervisory and management positions. Prior to her current role, she managed SCE’s Saddleback District and was responsible for electrical and civil design, construction and maintenance of the distribution system in south Orange County.
At SCE, Swanson also leads the Women in Engineering steering team and is the liaison to the Edison International Women in Engineering Program at Cal Poly Pomona.
She earned a bachelor’s in electrical engineering in 2001. She went on to obtain her professional engineering license in 2005 and graduated from the Western Energy Institute’s Business Acumen for Emerging Leaders program in 2007.