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LAKEWOOD, Colorado – Dawn Roth Lindell has been named Western Area Power Administration’s new senior vice president and Rocky Mountain regional manager. She will begin in the position Jan. 20.

“Dawn is a visionary leader with a unique combination of strong technical skills, high energy and a passion for serving people that makes her a great fit to lead our Rocky Mountain region,” said Administrator and CEO Mark A. Gabriel. “Assigning Dawn to this role allows WAPA to continue to tap into Dawn’s extensive skill set, technical expertise, leadership ability and her passion for inclusion and cultivating the leadership and collaboration skills of those around her.”

As regional manager, Roth Lindell will lead around 350 employees in marketing and delivering reliable, cost-based federal hydropower. The region also operates and maintains a network of more than 3,400 miles of high-voltage transmission lines in Colorado, Kansas, Nebraska and Wyoming.

Roth Lindell began working at WAPA in 2013 as senior vice president and chief information officer. In that position, she led the operation of WAPA-wide information technology programs and aligned multiple IT departments into one organization. Her efforts furthered compliance with current laws and regulations, improved customer service and strengthened the IT acquisition process, critical infrastructure protection and cybersecurity.

Currently, Roth Lindell is senior vice president and acting Sierra Nevada regional manager. In that position, she led WAPA’s response to the recent Carr Fire and initiated discussions between customers, WAPA and the Bureau of Reclamation on preserving the value of Central Valley Project hydropower. Before that, she was the acting executive vice president and chief operating officer. In this role she co-led the realignment effort to move some support functions from the Office of the Chief Operating Officer to the new Office of the Chief Administrative Officer.

“I look forward to working with the excellent RM team as we navigate markets in the west and the changing industry landscape in partnership with our customers,” said Roth Lindell.

Before joining WAPA, Roth Lindell was general manager of IT Services at Colorado Springs Utilities. She also served as chairman of the Large Public Power Council CIO organization and chairman of the Pikes Peak Regional Communications Network Board. Finally, she was a founding member of the Western Cyber Exchange, an organization that has now merged with the National Cybersecurity Center. 

Roth Lindell holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Notre Dame and a Master of Business Administration degree, with a focus on information systems, from the University of Colorado in Colorado Springs.


About WAPA: Western Area Power Administration annually markets and transmits more than 25,000 gigawatt-hours of clean, renewable power from 57 federal hydroelectric powerplants owned and operated by the Bureau of Reclamation, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and International Boundary and Water Commission in 15 western and central states. It is part of the Department of Energy.  

Last modified on September 12th, 2023