Now retired, Beverly P. Ryder began her career at Edison International in 1996 as corporate secretary before becoming vice president of community involvement of Southern California Edison, a subsidiary of Edison International, in 2000. She served as special assistant to the chairman and chief executive officer of Edison International and Southern California Edison from 1995 to 1997. Prior to that, she was the director of strategic alliances for a Southern California Edison energy solutions pilot.

Prior to joining Edison in 1992, Ryder worked for 16 years in the banking industry. As a vice president in the corporate banking group of Citibank, she was the primary relationship manager responsible for structuring financial transactions for Fortune 500 clients in the retail, financial services, hospitality, and consumer products industries.

Ryder is a member of the corporate board of the United Way of Greater Los Angeles and is a board member of several nonprofit organizations in the Los Angeles area. She is a commissioner of the Los Angeles City Employees Retirement Board, a co-founder of the California Medical Center Foundation Trustee Associates, and a former member of the Los Angeles Commission on Quality and Productivity.

Ryder is a former trustee of Stanford University and was the alumni representative on the 1992 Stanford presidential selection committee. She earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in economics at Stanford University and received her MBA in finance from the University of Chicago.

Ryder joined the Claremont Graduate University Board of Trustees in 2003.