Joy Ditto is the President and CEO of the Utilities Technology Council. Ms. Ditto oversees the UTC senior management team and provides guidance, leadership, and direction for the Association. Prior to joining UTC in 2016, Ms. Ditto spent 15 years at the American Public Power Association (APPA), the national trade association representing not-for-profit, publicly owned electric utilities. She served APPA in several capacities, eventually becoming Senior Vice President for Legislative and Political Affairs. Prior to joining APPA, she spent eight years on Capitol Hill as legislative assistant to Reps. Joe McDade and Don Sherwood (both from Pennsylvania) and Sen. Chuck Hagel from Nebraska. She started her career as a staff assistant to Senator John McCain. Ms. Ditto advised her bosses on issues involving natural resources, agriculture, trade, tax, banking, the justice system, environment, and energy. Ms. Ditto is a Chairman Emeritus of the National Energy Resources Organization and is on the Board of the Women’s Energy Resources Council. In 2015, she was nominated for the Professional Women in Advocacy’s “Excellence by a Veteran Advocate” award. She is a graduate of Vanderbilt University with a B.A. in History and Minor in Political Science and in 2012 received an executive certificate in nonprofit management from Georgetown University. Ms. Ditto is married with two young daughters. She and her husband participate in the worship team at their church, she is on the board of the Overlee Preschool, coaches youth soccer, and is a competitive horseback rider.