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Chair of the Board of Directors
Supplier Sector - Term Expires 2020


Lisa M. Barton ​is executive vice president - AEP Transmission, responsible for the company’s Transmission organization. AEP’s Transmission organization is involved with projects in 13 states. Responsibilities include oversight of the company’s field services, engineering, construction, planning and system operations as well as its transmission business ventures. Barton is a board member of Transource Energy, a joint venture with Great Plains Energy, which is the competitive transmission development arm of both companies in a post FERC Order 1000 landscape. She also serves on the board of directors of Electric Transmission America (ETA) and Electric Transmission Texas (ETT).


She has been in the energy industry since 1987 with a background that includes experience in distribution, regulatory, marketing and legal. Prior to joining the company in 2006, she worked for Northeast Utilities in Berlin, Conn., Ransmeier and Spellman in Concord, N.H., and Strategic Energy LLC in Pittsburgh, Pa. Barton is on the board of directors of the Wires Group and is active in several industry forums including the Harvard Energy Policy Group, Edison Electric Institute (EEI) and is an active participant in national forums on the subject of energy policy. She served as a contributing member of the MIT Energy Initiative “Future of the Electric Grid” and the Bipartisan Committee initiative on “Delivering Electric System Reliability and Clean Technology.”


Barton earned a bachelor’s in electrical engineering in 1987 from Worcester Polytechnic Institute in Worcester, Mass., and a juris doctorate degree in 1993 from Suffolk University Law School in Boston, Mass. She completed the Harvard Mediation Program for the Instruction of Lawyers, the Executive Program-Darden School of Business at the University of Virginia, the Nuclear Reactor Technology Program at MIT and was a 2010 International Women's Foundation Fellow.


Barton is a member of the New Hampshire and Massachusetts bar associations and is registered to practice before the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office. She serves as a guest lecturer at The Ohio State University MBA program and serves as an advisor to The Ohio State University Executive Energy MBA program, is a member of the boards of directors for Reliability First, Wires, Columbus Museum of Art, CAPA and serves as Board Chairman for the Columbus Symphony Orchestra.


She resides in Westerville, Ohio, with her husband, Christopher.