Simon Zewdu

Senior Assistant General Manager, Power System
Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP)

Simon Zewdu oversees the planning, engineering, construction, and operations of the largest municipal power utility in the nation that is undergoing a transition towards a clean energy future while providing a safe and reliable electrical service to all Angelenos. 

Mr.  Zewdu assumed the position of Senior Assistant General Manager of Power System in April 2023. Mr. Zewdu previously served as the Director of Power Regulatory and Innovation Division and LADWP’s Chief Compliance Officer where he was responsible for LADWP’s compliance with mandatory federal North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC) and Western Electricity Coordinating Council (WECC) reliability standards including LADWP’s regulatory obligations to State regulatory agencies. He also led the LA100 Equity Strategies Study in collaboration with the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) and UCLA. Over the years, Mr. Zewdu oversaw LADWP’s transmission planning and asset management efforts and also managed the transmission engineering team responsible for the design of LADWP’s extra-high voltage overhead and underground transmission projects to support the reliability and resiliency of the LADWP’s bulk electric system. 

Mr. Zewdu has over 25 years of experience with LADWP and the City of Los Angeles with duties spanning from substation design, project management, strategic planning, contracts, operations, and special projects. Mr. Zewdu holds an undergraduate degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering and an MBA in Finance.