Raiford Smith leads teams with global responsibility for Google’s data center energy-related strategy, procurement, regulatory/policy, renewable energy development, analytics, hedging, and innovation. Mr. Smith is based out of Google’s offices in Sunnyvale, CA. Before joining Google, Mr. Smith worked for 29 years with electric and gas utilities such as The Southern Company, Duke Energy, CPS Energy, and Entergy, including various leadership roles in analytics/planning, distribution, product development and management, energy trading, legal, mergers and acquisitions, and technology.
A native of Savannah, Georgia, Mr. Smith earned a Bachelor of Science degree in computer science from the University of Georgia, a Masters of Business Administration degree from the Darden Graduate School of Business Administration at the University of Virginia, and a Juris Doctor from the Charlotte School of Law. Mr. Smith is a licensed attorney and member of the North Carolina Bar Association; holds seven patents on grid optimization and electric grid technologies; has published several papers on the future of the electric grid, energy efficiency, asset optimization, and price forecasting; and has served on several advisory and not-for-profit boards.