​By Philip Reed

The first All-Employee Meeting of 2021 was held Jan. 26, with presenters and attendees assembling virtually due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

The event was hosted by Management Analyst Yamile Brito, who periodically invited attendees to recognize the efforts of their colleagues via the virtual meeting’s chat window. 

Administrator and CEO Mark A. Gabriel provided the State of WAPA. Among other topics, he discussed 2021’s theme of “Balance,” the ongoing Workload Management Initiative, a markets update, COVID-19 progress and the organization’s refreshed mission and vision statements. 

“Perhaps the most important thing we can do within WAPA to achieve balance this year and respond to the ongoing changes in the energy industry is affirm why we are here and where we want to go, otherwise known as our mission and vision,” said Gabriel. 

Senior Vice President and Assistant Administrator for Corporate Liaison Dionne Thompson provided an update on behalf of the Washington Liaison Office, particularly in terms of the transition to the Biden administration.

Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer Kevin Howard discussed the Federal Hydropower Memorandum of Understanding signed by the Department of Energy, the Bureau of Reclamation and the Army Corps of Engineers in 2020. 

This was followed by regional updates from Senior Vice President and Colorado River Storage Project Management Center Manager Tim Vigil and Senior Vice President and Sierra Nevada Regional Manager Sonja Anderson, with a promise of spotlights on other regions in the future.

Employees were also able to submit questions live, via text or chat, for an interactive Q&A session facilitated by Chief of Staff Melissa Ardis.

Note: Reed is a public affairs specialist. 

Last modified on September 12th, 2023