Raiford Smith

Director - Global Energy & Location Services, Google

Raiford leads the teams responsible for energy strategy, energy supply, utility interconnections, renewable energy, regulatory engagement, economic development, and energy hedging for Google’s global fleet of data centers. Raiford joined Google in 2019 after a 29-year career in energy and utilities, including executive positions overseeing complex, cross-functional transformation efforts. He is passionate about building sustainable data centers and transforming the energy industry. Raiford is a licensed North Carolina attorney, holds multiple patents for energy infrastructure technologies, and is a native of Savannah, GA.

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