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 retired from Inland Power after serving as CEO 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. She lives in Spokane, Washington.

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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. He was elected as Director in 2011 to a three-year term.

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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.

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WHAT OUR MEMBERS SAY

Member: Tacoma Power      Project: ColumbiaGrid     
Tacoma Power

"As a charter member of ColumbiaGrid, Tacoma Power has observed the benefits for its customers of regional transmission planning. Engaging in the ColumbiaGrid collaborative transmission planning process has fostered diverse and innovative solutions. This open process for identifying and resolving transmission challenges has delivered cost-effective reliability to our entire region."
~~ William A. Gaines, Director of Utilities