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.

Dawn Lindell

Dawn LindellDawn Lindell joined Seattle City Light as the General Manager and CEO in 2024. She has 20 years of utility experience in electric distribution and transmission, water, wastewater, and gas. Before coming to City Light, Dawn served as the General Manager at Burbank Water and Power, setting strategic direction and delivering water, power, and business high-speed internet to the media capital of the world.

She has experience leading two federal multi-state regional transmission utilities, serving as a transformational Chief Information Officer at both municipal and federal utilities, and leading customer service at a large municipal utility to top-quartile J.D. Power customer service performance.

Dawn has a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering from the University of Notre Dame and a master’s degree in business administration, with a focus on information technology, from the University of Colorado, Colorado Springs.

Mike Haynes

Mike HaynesMike joined City Light in 2000, was appointed Chief Operating Officer in April 2024, and served as the Interim General Manager and CEO from July 2023 to February 2024. He oversees City Light's generation and technical services work, including all utility engineering functions, project and construction management, asset management and large capital projects, as well as the utility's environmental policies, programs and planning efforts, including natural resource, environmental management, permitting, hydro licensing and compliance, science policy and real estate. He previously held the titles of Assistant General Manager, Chief Operating Officer, Power Supply Officer, Energy Generation Operations and Engineering Officer, and Director of Power Production.

Mike has an extensive background in utility operations, 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.

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.

Andrew Strong

Andrew StrongAndrew joined Seattle City Light in 2007 and is currently serving in the role of Interim Environmental, Engineering, and Project Delivery Officer for the utility. Prior to this position, he held the position of Director of Engineering and Technology Operations, which included oversight of the engineering teams for Standards, Network, Transmission, Distribution, Joint Use, Streetlight, Substation, System Planning and Generation Engineering support. He previously served as the Director of Asset Management and Large Projects, and as a manager within the Generation and Engineering division of Seattle City Light.

Andrew is a Mechanical Engineer. Prior to joining the utility, he held positions in the general contracting industry which included constructing large building infrastructure within the city of Seattle.

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.

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.

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.

City Light

Dawn Lindell, General Manager and CEO
Address: 700 5th Ave, Seattle, WA, 98104
Mailing Address: PO Box 34023, Seattle, WA, 98124-4023
Phone: (206) 684-3000

Seattle City Light was created by the citizens of Seattle in 1902 to provide affordable, reliable, and environmentally responsible electric power to the City of Seattle and neighboring suburbs.