Danette Scudder is executive vice president of member services and strategic relations for the Tennessee Valley Public Power Association (TVPPA), which serves 153 consumer-owned electric utilities that purchase wholesale electric power from the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) and distribute it in Tennessee, Alabama, Mississippi, Kentucky, Georgia, Virginia and North Carolina.
As executive vice president, Scudder ensures TVPPA delivers exceptional member value by advocating for members’ interests with the public, in the political arena, and with TVA, and by providing competitive industry-specific business services. Scudder has served in her current role since 2017, and has oversight of TVPPA’s strategic partnerships, government relations, communications, conferences, and nationally-recognized education and training programs.
In addition, Scudder serves as vice president of Distributors Insurance Company (DIC), a wholly owned subsidiary of TVPPA. DIC provides utility-specific loss control, insurance, and employee safety products to utilities in the Tennessee Valley and nationwide.
Scudder’s began her career with TVPPA in 2001, working for more than 9 years in the association’s education and training department before gaining increasing levels of responsibility as manager of member services and then vice president. Prior to joining TVPPA, Danette worked in industry, staffing and university administration.
A leader in the industry, Scudder is a past president of the Women’s International Network of Utility Professionals (WiNUP). She served on the American Public Power Association (APPA) Reliable Public Power Provider (RP3) Review Panel and later as the first chair of APPA’s Mutual Aid Working Group. Today, she is a member of the Tennessee Valley Authority’s Regional Resource Stewardship Council. Scudder also serves on the board of the Tennessee Center for Performance Excellence.
Scudder’s national awards and recognitions include APPA’s 2012 Robert E. Roundtree Rising Star Award and WiNUP’s 2011 POWER Award.
Scudder received a Bachelor of Science degree in Political Science from the University of Evansville (Indiana), where she later served as the president of the Alumni Association Board of Directors. She was the 2009 recipient of the university’s Young Alumna Award. Scudder also holds a Master of Public Administration degree from Texas Tech University.