Board of Directors

ColumbiaGrid operates with an independent, three-person Board of Directors.  The Board was originally seated August 16, 2006, with initial terms staggered to accommodate the election cycle. Following the initial seating, ColumbiaGrid Directors are elected for a three-year term.
 
The current board includes Directors; Kris Mikkelsen, Jim Miller and Ed Sienkiewicz .  All have extensive backgrounds in the electric utility industry. 
 
Kris Mikkelsen

Kris Mikkelsen

Chair

Kris Mikkelsen is a retired Inland Power and Light Company CEO, having served in that capacity for 12 years. She has been active in many utility-related associations during her career and has also served on a number of community and state boards. Kris lives in Spokane, Washington and has been a Director since April 2013.

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Jim Miller

Jim Miller

Director

Jim Miller is a retired Idaho Power Company executive. An electrical engineer with nearly 33 years of experience with Idaho Power, Jim held a wide variety of senior management positions during his career. At the time of his retirement, he was the Senior Vice President of Power Supply with responsibility over the planning, construction and operation of the company’s hydro, natural gas and coal-fired resources. Mr. Miller has served on a number of regional and national industry boards, and is also involved in many community non-profit boards. Jim has been a Director since August 2011.

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Ed Sienkiewicz

Ed Sienkiewicz

Director

Ed Sienkiewicz is a retired federal executive and economist, spending 29 years at the Bonneville Power Administration, where he developed regional transmission policies. Ed has been a Director since August 2006.

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WHAT OUR MEMBERS SAY

Member: Avista Corporation      Project: ColumbiaGrid     
Avista Corporation

"In ColumbiaGrid, we now have the ability to resolve the three fundamental transmission questions: What transmission facilities should be built? Who should build them? Who should pay for them? With ColumbiaGrid's independent staff and process to resolve disputes, we can answer these questions effectively and in a timely fashion to facilitate our region's new resource development needs."
~~ Jeff Schlect, Manager, Transmission Services, Avista