Alison Zimlich


Alison Zimlich is executive vice president, chief financial officer of GridLiance, an independent transmission company that partners with electric cooperatives, municipal utilities, and others to unlock the financial value of existing transmission assets and invest in transmission projects. In this role, Zimlich is responsible for all the company’s financial functions, including accounting, tax, treasury, and finance. She also oversees GridLiance’s enterprise risk management and compliance functions as well as human resources.

Zimlich brings more than 20 years of experience in the power and utilities sector to her role. Before joining GridLiance in 2017, she served as the chief financial officer and treasurer of Panda Power Funds, where she was responsible for the firm’s accounting, tax, treasury, and financial planning functions during its high-growth period. Zimlich began her career in the industry at The AES Corporation. During her 17 years at AES, she held roles of increasing responsibility, serving in a variety of finance and business development roles before rising to the rank of CFO for the company’s North America Generation Division. In that role, she managed the financial strategy and operations for the division’s 25 thermal and wind generation businesses located in the U.S., Puerto Rico and Mexico, which generated $1.5 billion in annual revenue. Prior to joining AES, Zimlich worked as a tax consultant at EY.

Zimlich earned a Bachelor of Business Administration in accounting at Texas State University and a Master of Science in taxation from American University. She is a certified public accountant and a chartered global management accountant.