Arlen Orchard, who previously served as SMUD’s General Counsel, was named Chief Executive Officer and General Manager in April, 2014. He reports to the SMUD Board of Directors. As CEO, he leads the sixth largest community-owned electric utility in the nation serving a population of 1.5 million residents and managing a $1.6 billion budget.
Orchard serves on the boards of directors of the American Public Power Association and the Northwest Public Power Association; and on the boards of directors and executive committees of the California Municipal Utilities Association and the Large Public Power Council. He also serves on the boards of directors of the Business Council for Sustainable Energy, Capital StageTheater Company, the Greater Sacramento Economic Council, and Valley Vision. Orchard frequently speaks on issues impacting the electric utility industry.
He received a juris doctorate degree from the University of California, Davis School of Law, a bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of Nevada, Reno, and attended UCD’s Graduate School of Management.