BPA selects next chief operating officer

Janet Herrin is a senior advisor with the Department of Energy

The Bonneville Power Administration has selected a new chief operating officer.

Janet Herrin will bring more than 30 years of energy industry experience and leadership to BPA. She succeeds Claudia Andrews who recently retired from the BPA after 26 years of federal service.

“I am very pleased to welcome Janet Herrin to BPA’s senior leadership team,” said Elliot Mainzer, BPA’s administrator. “I have worked closely with Janet over the past few years and have been very impressed with her character, industry knowledge and passion for operational excellence. With her deep understanding of public power, hydroelectricity and the competing demands of managing a public service organization, Janet is exceptionally well positioned to serve as BPA’s next chief operating officer. I look forward to working with her to further strengthen our culture and execute on our most important strategic objectives.”

Herrin, born in Seattle, will step into the new position in January.

As COO, she will be responsible for power services; transmission services; environment, fish and wildlife; customer support services and information technology. She will also oversee the new business transformation office and play a role in BPA’s heightened focus on disciplined program management and cost containment.

Herrin currently serves as a senior advisor to the secretary for the Department of Energy in Washington, D.C., where she provides strategic counsel on industry issues. She previously served as the chief administrative officer and senior vice president of river operations and dam safety at the Tennessee Valley Authority.

“I am a public power person — it’s where I like to be and what excites me,” said Herrin. “That passion for public power originally enticed me to join TVA, and then I ended up staying for a 35-year career because the work was so interesting. I am thrilled to be coming home to the Pacific Northwest and to work in public power once again.”