For Immediate Release: January 25, 2023

Heidi Sanborn Elected SMUD Board President

SMUD’s Board of Directors elected Heidi Sanborn as President of the Board. Her term as president will run from January through December 2023. Director Sanborn was first elected to the SMUD Board of Directors in 2018 and represents Ward 7, which includes North Highlands, northern Arden Arcade, Carmichael, Antelope and Foothill Farms.

Image of board member Sanborn HiresSanborn is the Founder of the National Stewardship Action Council and has served as its Executive Director since 2015. She is also the founding Director of the California Product Stewardship Council where she worked for 12 years. These nonprofits are dedicated to reducing waste, increasing recycling and advocating for an equitable, circular economy.

She was later appointed by State Treasurer Fiona Ma to the Green Bond Market Development Committee in 2019, tasked with raising billions to build climate-friendly infrastructure. She was also appointed by CalEPA to serve on the Statewide Commission on Recycling Markets and Curbside Recycling in June of 2020 and was elected Chair. The voluntary Commission submitted 34 policy recommendations to the California Legislature, many of which were passed in 2021 and 2022

Sanborn has a personal interest in going green. Sanborn and her husband have remodeled their current home to include solar panels, used the SMUD store to replace old lighting with LEDs, and used SMUD rebates for a new heat-pump water heater and HVAC units. She is also proud to be a SMUD Greenergy® customer.

Sanborn is also active in the community. She is on the Board of the Children’s Receiving Home of Sacramento and is co-chair of the Giving Tree committee of the Kiwanis Club of Carmichael, which recently planted 12 trees from the Sacramento Tree Foundation at Cameron Ranch Elementary School. She served as the President of the Sacramento Chapter of the National Alliance for Mental Illness in 2006-07-- spearheading the walk for mental health, conducting police trainings and teaching family-to-family classes. She was also a Big Sister for six years to a local graduate from the Sacramento Unified School District. 

Over the past 16 years, Sanborn and her husband have also volunteered with Front Street Animal Shelter, fostering 67 dogs to date.

A native of Pennsylvania, Sanborn also lived in Delaware, Massachusetts, and Michigan before moving to California. Sanborn is a graduate of U.C. Davis where she earned a bachelor’s degree in Political Science-Public Service. She also earned her master’s degree in Public Administration from University of Southern California. Heidi and her husband have lived in Sacramento for 32 years. 

About SMUD

As the nation’s sixth-largest, community-owned, not-for-profit electric service provider, SMUD has been providing low-cost, reliable electricity to Sacramento County for more than 75 years. SMUD is a recognized industry leader and award winner for its innovative energy efficiency programs, renewable power technologies and for its sustainable solutions for a healthier environment. In 2020, SMUD’s power supply was more than 50 percent carbon free and SMUD has a goal to reach zero carbon in its electricity supply by 2030. For more information on SMUD’s Zero Carbon Plan and its customer programs, visit

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