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Power Management Team

Power Management Team 8

Chris Robinson, Power General Manager/Chief Operating Officer (COO)

Chris Robinson has served as the Tacoma Power General Manager/COO since 2015.

He brings over 25 years of experience to his role. Before joining Tacoma Power in 2001, Chris worked at multiple electrical utilities as a consultant. Prior to serving as superintendent, Chris served as Energy Resource Planning Assistant Manager then the Power Management Section Manager. He serves on multiple industry boards including Public Power Council, NW RiverPartners, and Pacific Northwest Utilities Conference Committee.

Chris obtained a B.A. in economics and a B.A. in political science from Rutgers University, and an M.S. in resource economics from the University of Maine.

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Joe Tellez, Chief Technology Officer (CTO)

Joe has served as the Chief Technology Officer (CTO) since 2015.

He brings over 25 years of experience to his role. Before joining Tacoma power in 2015, Joe worked at Utility Integration Solutions as vice president and in numerous technology management roles at San Diego Gas & Electric / Sempra Energy.. He is a highly sought-after expert panelist and author, serves on the UW-Tacoma School of Engineering & Technology Advisory Board, and serves as lecturer and mentor as the Executive in Residence at University of Colorado’s Global Energy Management Program.

Joe obtained a B.S. in industrial and systems engineering and an M.S. in systems architecture & engineering from University of Southern California.

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Alex Abplanalp, Internal Communications Manager

Alex has served as the Power Internal Communications Manager since 2017.

She brings over 10 years of experience to her role. Before joining Tacoma Power in 2017, Alex worked as the Communications Director for the YMCA of Pierce and Kitsap Counties and in various management roles in other non-profits, including in digital and traditional marketing and storytelling, crisis communications and public relations, brand management, philanthropy, community outreach, and program development and management.

Alex obtained a B.A. in interdisciplinary arts and sciences with an emphasis in communications and journalism from the University of Washington Tacoma and her master’s in communication leadership in communities and networks (MCCN) from University of Washington Seattle. She also holds a certificate from Prosci as a Change Management Practitioner (CCMP).

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Rachel Allen, Power Shared Services Manager

Rachel has served as the Power Shared Services (PSS) Section Manager since 2018.

She brings over 28 years of experience to her role. Before joining Tacoma Power in 2002, Rachel worked at Avista Utilities for 10 years in Generation, T&D, and Operations Engineering groups. Prior to this role, Rachel served in positions of increasing leadership across the Transmission & Distribution section. She is an executive sponsor of the Western Energy Institute (WEI) Women in Leadership Program.

Rachel obtained a B.S. in electrical engineering from Gonzaga University.

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Bill Berry, Rates, Planning, and Analysis Manager

Bill has served as the RPA Manager since 2012.

He brings over 40 years of experience to his role. Before joining Tacoma Power in 2012, Bill worked at the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission as the Business Services/CFO assistant general manager, at the New York Power Authority as vice president for corporate finance, and at the Public Power and Water group at Lehman Brothers as senior vice president. Bill is former board chair  of United Way of Pierce County.

Bill obtained a B.A. in political science from Williams College.

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Tenzin Gyaltsen, Utility Technology Services Manager/CIO

Tenzin has served as the Utility Technology Services (UTS) Section Manager/CIO since 2019.

He brings over 25 years of experience to his role. Before joining Tacoma Power in 2011, Tenzin worked at the City of San Bruno in California as cable television director. Upon coming to Tacoma, Tenzin worked at Click! Network, a cable telecommunications enterprise of the City, as general manager until operational control of the cable system was transitioned to a private entity in 2020. He has served as an expert panelists for various conferences.

Tenzin obtained a B.S. in accounting from Metropolitan State University of Denver and an MBA from the University of Colorado – Denver.

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Chris Mattson, Generation Manager

Chris has served as the Generation Section Manager since 2017.

He brings over 25 years of experience to his role. Chris joined Tacoma Power in 1995 as an engineering technician, and during his career has led upgrades on hydroelectric stations, dams, and fisheries, was a part of the overhaul of Tacoma Power’s largest hydro station, and led the Production Engineering team. He served on the Electric Energy Industrial Consortium’s Executive Committee for five years.

Chris obtained a B.S. in electrical engineering and an M.S. in electrical engineering from the University of Washington and maintains his Professional Engineer (PE) license.

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Power Management Team 9

Clay Norris, Power Management Manager

Clay has served as the Power Management (PM) Section Manager since 2015.

He brings over 35 years of experience to his role. Before joining Tacoma Power in 2015, Clay worked for Eugene Water and Electric Board, Northwest Energy Efficiency Alliance (NEEA), and ElectriCities of North Carolina in executive positions.   He has served on several regional and national boards and executive committees, including the North American Energy Standards Board, SERC, the North Carolina Transmission Planning Collaborative, Public Generating Pool, Energy Northwest, and Public Power Council.

Clay obtained a B.A. in math and physics from Illinois College, a B.S. in electrical engineering from Missouri University of Science and Technology, and an MBA from the University of Illinois – Springfield.

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Joseph Wilson, Transmission and Distribution Manager

Joe has served as the Transmission & Distribution (T&D) Manager since 2017.

He brings over 30 years of experience to his role. Before joining Tacoma Power in 2010, Joe worked at Seattle City Light and Eugene Water & Electric Board in engineering roles. His roles at Peninsula Light Company and Tacoma Power have been engineering management roles, and has led the System Operations, System Planning and Construction & Maintenance teams. He currently serves as a Northwest Public Power Association Board member.

Joe obtained his B.S in electrical engineering from the University of Washington and maintains his Professional Engineer (PE) license.

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