Alison Zimlich joined SouthWest Water Company as Chief Financial Officer in May 2021. In this role, Alison is responsible for the company’s financial functions, including accounting, tax, strategic planning, treasury, and finance.
She brings 25 years of experience in the power and utilities sector to her role. Before joining SouthWest Water Company, she served as Executive Vice President & Chief Financial Officer of GridLiance, which owns regulated electric transmission assets across the United States. While there, she led the company’s integration with NextEra Energy, following the sale of GridLiance by Blackstone. Prior to GridLiance, she was the Senior Vice President & Chief Financial Officer of Panda Power Funds, a private equity firm with $6 billion in power generation assets.
Alison began her career in the utility industry at The AES Corporation. During her 17 years there, she served in a variety of finance and business development roles before rising to the rank of CFO for the company’s $2 billion North America Generation division.
Alison earned a Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting at Texas State University and a Master of Science in Taxation from The American University in Washington, D.C. She is a certified public accountant and a chartered global management accountant. Alison currently serves as a youth mentor and chairs the board development committee for a Big Brothers Big Sisters regional board.