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Seattle City (spot)Light: Claire Lloyd, Interim Utility Technology Director

The Basics

How long have you been at City Light? Almost 10 years. I started in April 2014.

Division: Utility Technology (My position reports to the General Manager.)

Tell us about your role: I started my new role on Jan. 17. For most of my time at Seattle City Light I have managed the Substation, Protection, and Telecommunication Engineering team. The job entails leading a team of engineers and strategic advisors responsible for designing replacements and upgrades to keep our substation and telecommunication systems in good shape. In my new role I will provide direction to the team responsible for the utility’s technology. I love technology and had to promise my husband I wouldn’t stay up all night working when I took the interim job.


Hometown: Tacoma, Wash.

Alma mater: University of Washington

Discipline/Trade of study: Electrical Engineering/Utility Management

Tell us about your family/pets: My husband, Todd, and I spend almost all our time together and even got along when we were trapped in our house during COVID. He manages the Resource Operations & Trading team at Tacoma Power. He is a civil engineer, but the family doesn’t hold it against him. Both of my children are electrical engineers like their mom. My daughter, Megan Cammarano, manages the Protection and Controls team at Tacoma Power. My son, Alex Lloyd, is an electrical engineer for a local consulting firm. Both my children are married. We have two Bengal cats, Misty and Daxter.

Just for Fun

Which City Light value do you align most with and why? Operational and Financial Excellence. In my role managing the engineering staff, an important part of my job involves prioritizing our capital investments to ensure our power system is reliable and ready for the future. As the Interim Utility Technology Director, I look forward to focusing on implementing new technology to support all of City Light’s values.

What would we most likely find you doing on the weekend? Hiking, kayaking, paddle boarding, attending a concert, or playing board games.

What TV show are you currently binge watching? Any British mystery series I can find. “Vera” and “Shetland” by Ann Cleeves are my favorites. When I first read the books, I was interested in the mystery, not the birds or locations. Recently my husband and I have enjoyed traveling and bird-watching. We even saw a curlew when we went to the Sandhill Crane Festival in Othello, Wash.

What was your first big purchase with your own money? I saved my babysitting and food service money to pay for college and was fortunate to have my parents volunteer to pay my way, so I was able to use the money to buy a car. It was a Datsun B-210 hatchback.

The big game is on – what sport are you watching and who are you rooting for? My favorite sport is soccer. I enjoy English soccer and watching the kids play. I was the referee for my son’s soccer team when he was 4 years old. My parents are from England. When my kids were young, we watched the World Cup with my relatives in England.