Ms. Alma McMaster
Alma McMaster is a Supplier Diversity & Development Program Manager for Southern California Edison and is responsible for Latino Business outreach programs. Before coming to Edison in 2009, Alma spent 18 years in the automotive industry, serving 15 of those years as a Purchasing Manager for two of the largest Asian-owned automotive companies in the U.S.
Throughout her tenure as a Purchasing Manager, a portion of Alma’s responsibility was developing and sustaining Supplier Diversity Programs. It was through this experience Alma realized that supplier diversity was her calling as it was a way to utilize her business background while fulfilling her desire to help the diverse business community succeed. Alma has been able to leverage her extensive knowledge of corporate procurement to develop, advocate and promote the advancement of diverse business enterprises throughout SCE and beyond.
Alma, a true advocate for Latino Businesses, works with and serves as a corporate advisor to many Latino Business organizations such as the Latin Business Association, and has been recognized for her efforts. Alma is especially proud that in the last 3 years SCE achieved spend of over $1.1 Billion with Latino businesses. In 2013 alone, SCE reported spend with Latino Businesses of over $511 Million, which represented 14.6% of SCE’s spend, the largest percentage of spend with any ethnic business group.
The Latin Business Association is grateful for the sustained support of Southern California Edison and is extremely proud to have Ms. Alma McMaster as an expert panelist for the 5th Annual LBA Minority Women’s Business Conference Utilties & Technology Panel.