Lisa M. Barton is Executive Vice President of AEP Transmission and President and Chief Operating Officer of AEP Transmission Holding Company, American Electric Power. As Executive Vice President, she is responsible for the company’s Transmission organization, which manages an asset base of $18 billion and oversees 60 percent of the corporation's annual capital expenditure. Her organization is the largest owner-operator and developer of electric transmission in North America.
Barton is an active participant in national forums on the subject of energy policy. She testified before the US Senate, state commissions and 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."
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 earned a bachelor’s in electrical engineering from Worcester Polytechnic Institute in Worcester, Mass., and a juris doctorate degree 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, and the Nuclear Reactor Technology Program at MIT. She was an International Women's Foundation Fellow, a member of G100 Next Generation Leadership and a member of C200, an organization of the world's most successful women business leaders who support each other and work together to advance other women in business.
Barton chairs of the boards of directors for the Columbus Symphony Orchestra and ReliabilityFirst, an organization dedicated to the security of the nation’s energy grid. She also serves on the board of directors of the Wexner Center for the Arts
She resides in Westerville, Ohio, with her husband, Christopher.