Mike Backstrom

Managing Director at Southern California Edison

Michael Backstrom is the Managing Director, Energy & Environmental Policy for Southern California Edison (SCE). In this role, he is responsible for leading the analysis of proposed energy and environmental regulations; developing regulatory engagement strategies; overseeing advocacy at state and federal environmental agencies; and ensuring effective case management of key energy policy proceedings.Mr. Backstrom joined SCE in 2005 as an attorney in the legal department. He worked on state regulatory matters before the California Public Utilities Commission. In 2009, Mr. Backstrom moved to SCE’s Washington D.C. office as Manager, Federal Affairs, where he was responsible for interfacing with federal regulators and staff on behalf of SCE. In 2011, he returned to California as Director of Public Affairs at Edison International, the holding company for SCE. In that position he was responsible for the company’s federal and state legislative analysis and position development. In 2013, he became Director, Chairman’s Office, where he served as chief of staff to Ted Craver, Chairman and CEO of Edison International. In 2015, Mr. Backstrom moved to the position of Director, Customer Experience at SCE. He was responsible for customer satisfaction measurement and improvement strategies, website strategy and development, and the marketing of customer programs and services. In 2017, he assumed his current position. Prior to joining SCE, Mr. Backstrom was an associate in the Los Angeles office of Howrey, LLP, where his practice focused on commercial litigation. He earned a bachelor’s degree in English from Pepperdine University in 1997, and a juris doctor from the University of Southern California in 2000.