Member Bios

Tom Lienesch

Senior Economist for the King County Wastewater Treatment Division

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During his 12 years as the senior economist for King County Wastewater Treatment Division, Tom has focused on rate setting, analyzing and creating alternative rate structures, financial policies and capital financing. Previously, he was the chief of the regional analysis branch at the Bureau of Economic Analysis in Washington, D.C. He holds a master's degree in economics from the Johns Hopkins University and a bachelor of arts in economics from the University of Washington.

Julie Ryan

Financial Analyst
Managing Partner, Aether Advisors LLC

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Julie is an energy industry executive with expertise in risk management and strategic planning. Ms. Ryan provides advisory services to energy industry executives in the areas of risk management and hedging, strategic planning, energy supply, wholesale trading and marketing, M&A due diligence, and business integration planning. Ms. Ryan has over 27 years of direct experience in the energy industry. Prior to her providing energy consulting, she was Vice-President, Risk Management and Strategic Planning at Puget Sound Energy. Ms. Ryan also held officer positions at Merchant Energy Group of the Americas and Louis Dreyfus Energy Corp. Ms. Ryan is a volunteer member of the Seattle City Light Review Panel, which oversees its strategic planning process, financial activities and rate reviews. She has spoken at numerous industry conferences on the topics of hedging and risk management, and has been a guest instructor at Willamette University's Atkinson School of Management since 2006. Ms. Ryan graduated Cum Laude, and was elected to Phi Beta Kappa, from Smith College in Massachusetts.

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.

Eric Thomas

Residential Customer Representative

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Eric became interested in public utility matters while constructing Seattle's first net-zero-energy home, which he shares with his wife. Seeking to improve metering and billing issues for solar panel owners in Seattle, he took part in a citizens' group that met with Seattle City Light representatives. He went on to found the Ballard Green Building Talks in conjunction with Sustainable Ballard and is a communications and messaging consultant for the Ballard RainWise outreach program, a partnership between Seattle Public Utilities and Sustainable Ballard. He is a communications advisor for the Northwest Eco Building Guild, Seattle Chapter, and helped organize the group's popular Green Home Tour. Eric is a senior copywriter for the New York City-based marketing agency IOOC, where he has contributed to award-winning campaigns for clients such as Walgreens. He has a master's degree in political science with a specialization in political writing from the City University of New York's Graduate School

David Allen

Commercial Customer
Executive Vice President of Corporate Communications for McKinstry

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David is responsible for brand development at McKinstry, a Seattle based construction, engineering and facility services firm. McKinstry, with sales in the $200 million range, is the market leader in the Pacific Northwest for design/build mechanical construction and facility operation and management. Allen manages the company's marketing, business development and client service activities. David is widely respected for his contributions to creating McKinstry's positioning strategy that has resulted in the firm's national reputation as a leader in integrated, facility services delivery.

Chris Roe

Industrial Customer
Electricity Resource Manager for Boeing

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Chris Roe's responsibilities include managing Boeing's electricity supply strategy across the country, leading Boeing's legislative and regulatory team for energy policy issues, and acting as the Boeing liaison to the Industrial Customers of Northwest Utilities (ICNU), a trade association representing large consumers of electricity in the NW. Chris also works on Boeing's conservation strategy to achieve corporate environmental goals, and prior to this role, managed the utilities and environmental conservation efforts for the Boeing manufacturing campus in Everett. Chris has a master's degree in engineering for sustainable development from the University of Cambridge, a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Washington, and lives in the Greenwood neighborhood in North Seattle.

Sue Selman

Low-Income Customer Representative
Director of Property Management Bellwether Housing

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Sue serves as Director of Property Management for Bellwether Housing, a nonprofit housing development and management organization serving low-income families, individuals and seniors in 1,800 units of affordable housing in 27 properties located throughout Seattle. Prior to joining Bellwether, Sue was Executive Director of Lutheran Alliance To Create Housing (LATCH), where she worked for more than 13 years. Sue holds a master's degree in social work and a bachelor of arts degree from the University of Washington. She is a Seattle native and has lived with her family in the Phinney Ridge neighborhood for 24 years.

Eugene Wasserman

At-Large Customer
President of the North Seattle Industrial Association

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Eugene is President of the North Seattle Industrial Association, which represents maritime and industrial businesses in Northwest Seattle. He previously chaired the Greater Seattle Chamber of Commerce's Utility Committee and has served on several City Light Rate Advisory and Strategic Plan Committees. He also served on a City Light Task Force that brought greater focus to commercial and industrial sector energy conservation. Wasserman also spent 22 years as Executive Director of the Neighborhood Business Council, an association of neighborhood chambers of commerce, merchant association, business and industrial associations.

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.