Raiford Smith

Director, Energy, Water and Analytics, Google

Raiford leads the teams responsible for managing a large, rapidly-growing, global fleet of energy assets, developing unique structured products, creating innovative forecasting analytics, and overseeing community and economic development for Google's data center fleet. 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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