Our Leadership Team

Learn more about members of our Executive Team who strive to uphold our Mission, Vision, and Values when guiding utility operations and priorities.

Debra Smith

Debra SmithDebra joined Seattle City Light in October 2018. Prior to joining City Light, she served as CEO and General Manager of the Central Lincoln People's Utility District, which provides electricity on Oregon's central coast, since 2013. She previously spent more than 17 years in various roles, including Assistant General Manager and Chief Financial Officer at the Eugene Water and Electric Board, another public utility in Oregon.

Debra holds a bachelor's degree in finance from Arizona State University.

Jen Chan

Jen ChanJen joined the General Manager's Office in May 2019. Prior to joining City Light, she worked at the City of Seattle for more than 20 years in multiple leadership roles on policy, programming, financial, and operational issues ranging from public safety, human services, public health, capital projects, public/private partnerships, and organizational change management. In addition, she served as the founding Associate Director of Operations for a start-up organization aimed at closing the academic achievement gap across the region.

Jen holds a Bachelor of Arts from Tufts University and a Master of Social Work from the University of Washington.

Mike Haynes

Mike HaynesMike joined City Light in 2000 and was appointed to this position in April 2019. He has responsibility for all utility operating functions and engineering services. He previously held the titles of Power Supply Officer, Energy Generation Operations and Engineering Officer, and Director of Power Production.

He has an extensive background in hydroelectric power generation and engineering. Prior to joining the utility, he served in program management and engineering roles at HDR, Inc. and Puget Sound Energy.

Mike is a registered professional engineer and holds a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering from Seattle University.

Michelle Vargo

Michelle VargoMichelle joined City Light in 2013. Prior to her appointment to this position in January 2020, she served as a Director in both Transmission and Distribution and Generation Operations and Engineering.

Before joining City Light, she spent five years as an Engineering Officer in the United States Army and five years as a Regional Accounts Manager and Business Development Technology Manager for a global industrial gas company in the Chicago area.

Michelle holds a Bachelor of Science in Engineering from the United States Military Academy and a Master of Business Administration from the University of Chicago. She is also a registered professional engineer.

DaVonna Johnson

DaVonna JohnsonDaVonna joined City Light in 2004 and was appointed to her current position in 2009. Prior to her appointment to this position, she served as the Talent Acquisition and Development Manager in Human Resources.

Before joining the utility, she worked for the City of Seattle for five years and has worked in both the public and private sectors.

DaVonna has bachelor's and master's degrees in business administration from Washington State University.

Tom DeBoer

Tom DeBoerTom joined City Light in January 2020 and provides strategic leadership and direction for the utility's environmental policies, programs and planning efforts, including natural resource and environmental planning, environmental management, permitting and compliance, science policy and real estate. He previously served as the Assistant General Manager leading Generation, Power, Rates and Transmission Management at Snohomish PUD and has more than 20 years of experience in electric and natural gas utilities, including 12 years at Puget Sound Energy.

He has worked in a variety of utility-specific areas, including federal and state regulatory affairs, utility policy and compliance, and energy supply. 

Tom has a Bachelor of Arts in Geology from University of Montana, a Master of Science in Geology from Western Washington University, and a Juris Doctorate from Gonzaga University's School of Law.

Kirsty Grainger

Kirsty GraingerKirsty has been with City Light since 2007, serving in various roles in Corporate Performance and Finance.

Before joining the utility, she worked at Puget Sound Energy and at pharmaceutical company Eli Lilly.

Kirsty holds a bachelor's degree in mathematics from Whitman College and master's degree in engineering-economic systems and operations research from Stanford University.

Emeka Anyanwu

Emeka AnyanwuEmeka joined City Light in 2018. Previous to his current role, he served as Engineering and Technology Innovation Officer.

Prior to joining the utility, he spent 16 years at Kansas City Power & Light Company in various roles in leadership and transmission and distribution operations.

Emeka has a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from Iowa State University and a Master of Business Administration from Rockhurst University.

James Baggs

James BaggsJim joined City Light in 2011 as Chief Compliance Officer. Since that time, he has also served as Interim General Manager and Chief Executive Officer, Customer Service, Communications, and Regulatory Affairs Officer, and Interim Power Supply and Environmental Affairs Officer.

Prior to joining the utility, he was the Director of Regulatory Compliance at Idaho Power Company, where he also held a variety of positions including Manager of Rates and Contracts, General Manager of Customer Service and Metering, General Manager of Regional Operations, and General Manager of Grid Operations and Planning.

Jim holds a bachelor's degree in economics from the University of Colorado and a master's degree in agricultural and natural resource economics from the University of Arizona.

Craig Smith

Craig SmithCraig joined City Light in 2014 as Conservation Resources Director. He has more than 40 years of experience with the electric utility industry, including serving three years as the CEO of Richard Heath and Associates and six years as Assistant General Manager of Snohomish County Public Utility District.

Craig received a bachelor's degree in urban planning from Antioch College.

Maura Brueger

Maura BruegerMaura has been the Director of Government and Legislative Affairs at Seattle City Light since 2010, where she manages federal, state and regional government relations as well as city council relations for the utility. Prior to City Light, she directed the Deputy Secretary's Office at the U.S. Department of Housing & Urban Development from 2009-2010 and spent 12 years as senior staff to King County Executive Ron Sims. Earlier in her career, she worked in international political development, public affairs and political campaigns in the United States and abroad.

Maura received a Bachelor of Art Degree in Political Science from the University of Michigan.  

Julie Moore

Julie MooreJulie joined City Light in January 2019 as Media Relations Manager and was appointed Communications Director in May 2020. She brings more than 15 years' experience leading communications at the City of Seattle, including for the Office of Housing and the Department of Finance and Administrative Services, managing public and media relations, writing and editing, and developing strategic messaging for a variety of audiences.

She holds a bachelor's degree in communications from Washington State University.