Who We Are

The Seattle City Light Review Panel was created March 22, 2010 through City Council Ordinance Number 123256. The Review Panel is the successor to the City Light Advisory Board/Committee (2003 - 2010) and the Rate Advisory Committee (2009) and combines the duties of both groups. An updated City Council Ordinance Number 124740 was passed April 6, 2015.

The nine panel members come from City Light's customer groups, as well as areas of utility business expertise. Panel member roles are:

Position 1 - Economist
Position 2 - Financial Analyst
Position 3 - Non-Profit Energy Efficiency Advocate
Position 4 - Residential Customer
Position 5 - Commercial Customer
Position 6 - Industrial Customer
Position 7 - Low Income Customer
Position 8 - At-Large Customer
Position 9 - Suburban Franchise Customer  

Five members are nominated by the mayor and four members are nominated by the city council, serving staggered three-year terms. The Review Panel is generally responsible for providing advice and recommendations to the Mayor and City Council on the City Light strategic plan and City Light's rates.

Chris Mefford

President & CEO of Community Attributes Inc.

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Chris Mefford founded Community Attributes Inc. in 2005. He excels in working with jurisdictions on economic development and planning projects, providing market and feasibility analyses; economic and financial analysis; and policy analysis, including land use and transportation policies. He brings more than 25 years of experience in consulting, project management, and analysis of regional economies, land use and transportation patterns. He often speaks to audiences about the regional economy and community development considerations. Chris is an expert in regional economic development, socio-economic and demographic analysis, financial feasibility analysis, geographic information systems modeling and mapping, and transportation planning.

Scott Haskins

Financial Analyst
Global Director in Strategic Consulting

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Mr. Haskins is a subject matter expert and industry leader in utility financial management, asset and risk management, contracting, social equity, utility management, operations and maintenance, strategic planning, P3, leadership development, performance management, benchmarking, environmental management and sustainability, resilience, risk management, triple bottom line and business case analysis. His background includes 30 years of utility management experience, primarily as Deputy Director for Seattle Water Department and Seattle Public Utilities, directing finance, project development, operations and maintenance, community programs, planning and executive leadership over the full range of wastewater, drinking water, and solid waste functions for City of Seattle.

As a global director in Strategic Consulting for CH2M, now Jacobs, Mr. Haskins has worked closely with international industry organizations and clients leading innovation and standards for benchmarking, optimization, asset management, and organizational development. Scott also serves on the Advisory Board for the Evans School of Public Policy and Governance at University of Washington where he received his Master in Public Administration.

Sara Patton

Non-Profit Energy Efficiency Advocate
Former Executive Director of NW Energy Coalition

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Sara is the former Executive Director of NW Energy Coalition, an influential regional alliance of conservation, low-income, and consumer advocate organizations, utilities, businesses, communities of faith and citizen activists. Prior to her 21 year tenure at the NW Energy Coalition, Ms. Patton worked for energy efficiency at Seattle City Light for nearly 16 years. She is a member of the Washington State Bar Association and holds degrees from Antioch School of Law and Reed College. Her community service and honors include the Board of Save Our wild Salmon, the Board of the Northwest Energy Efficiency Alliance, the Seattle City Light Advisory Board, the Energy Trust of Oregon's Energy Conservation Council, the Sierra Club's Cascade Chapter Executive Committee, the Northwest Energy Efficiency Taskforce, the Regional Technical Forum Policy Advisory Committee, the Pike Place Market Historical Commission, and 2006 Helen H. Jackson Woman of Valor Award.

Thomas Buchanan

Residential Customer Representative

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Thomas Buchanan obtained a Master Degree at U of O and Indiana University in Political Science and Urban Economics.  He worked in two steel industry companies in Buffalo, New York, before entering aircraft electronics training and work at the Buffalo International Airport. He became active in an ongoing radioactive waste project in New York in which nuclear waste from the early Manhattan Project began leaking into West Valley, New York, near Buffalo.   In 1982, Thomas began work at Bendix Aircraft Avionics.  He returned to the Northwest in 1982 where Thomas began a career in flightline avionics/electronics at Boeing.  His career there continued until 2006 when he retired.   

Thomas has been active in energy solutions, renewable energy options, battery technology and the dangers of both fossil fuel and nuclear power production. Thomas also worked with Greenpeace as a Hanford radioactive weapons and waste campaigner and more recently with Washington Physicians for Social Responsibility on drafting resolutions in Oregon and Seattle on the dangers and options to the only operating nuclear power plant in the Northwest-- the Columbia Generating Station.

Mikel Hansen

Commercial Customer
Chief Operating Officer of Sabey Corporation

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Mikel Hansen's experience with large, complex properties was established prior to joining Sabey, when he spent nearly 20 years managing some of the nation's largest shopping malls. He eventually returned to his home in the Northwest to manage Southcenter Mall, the largest mall in Washington.

For the past seventeen years he has led the Sabey Property Management Team and is responsible for the management and operations of Sabey's over four million-square-foot diverse portfolio including commercial, office, medical, warehouse and data center uses. As part of Sabey's Development group, Mr. Hansen has taken the lead in executing complex entitlement efforts, negotiating land acquisitions, property sales and re-zonings. He leads Sabey's improvement initiatives such as utility installations and transportation support improvements.

Mr. Hansen serves as Sabey's representative to a variety of municipalities and agencies. He works closely with local jurisdictions and with social initiatives that contribute to the growth and well-being of the communities with which Sabey partners.

Vacant Industrial Customer - Position 6

Industrial Customer

Leon Garnett

Low-Income Customer Representative
Chief Operating Officer for Centerstone

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In his 11 years with Centerstone, Leon has provided oversight and guidance for Centerstone's Energy Assistance Program which serve more than 10,000 households annually. Leon has worked with elected officials, local government offices, and community-based organizations to advocate for equity and accessibility for low-income energy customers. Originally from Georgia, Leon holds a Bachelor's of Science Degree in Mathematics from Morehouse College. He brings a team-oriented approach and develops data-driven strategies to ensure Centerstone programs fulfill the mission of the agency and address the needs of the community.

John Putz

John Putz

At-Large Customer
Research Scientist for The Energy Authority

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Dr. John Putz is a fifteen -year veteran of the energy, energy software and trading industries. John has experience in a wide variety of areas including strategic consulting, risk management, trading, energy software, asset and portfolio optimization, trade and asset valuation, and hydro-generation optimization. John received his PhD in experimental particle physics from the University of Washington.

Gail Labanara

Suburban Franchise Representative
Public Works Analyst for the City of Tukwila

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Gail has over 14 years experience with utility rate modeling for Tukwila Public Works and 23 years at the City of Tukwila that include significant financial experience. Ms. Labanara has a BA degree from Pennsylvania State University and has specialized in accounting through her career.