FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: April 19, 2018
CONTACT: Lisa Meiman, firstname.lastname@example.org, 720-962-7411
LAKEWOOD, Colo. – Tracey LeBeau has been selected as WAPA’s chief administrative officer by Administrator and CEO Mark A. Gabriel. Her effective date was April 15.
The CAO is responsible for WAPA’s internal administrative operations and managing administrative programs functionally critical to WAPA’s mission. A number of offices are being considered for the office: natural resources, procurement, human resources, records management, facilities, the Transmission Infrastructure Program and the office of economic impact and diversity.
“We are realigning some of the support functions that have historically been housed under the chief operating officer and moving them into the office of the CAO,” said Gabriel. “The office of the COO is large, encompassing too many departments and programs to be managed effectively by one person. This change will help us be more effective, efficient, focused and strategic as we head into a new energy frontier.”
Previously, LeBeau managed WAPA’s TIP office, a position she began in August 2014. As TIP manager, she oversaw the operations and management of WAPA’s $3.25 billion borrowing authority to support developing critical infrastructure in WAPA’s territory.
Before joining WAPA, LeBeau was director for the Department of Energy's Office of Indian Energy Policy and Programs, an applied energy program office that she established after her appointment in January 2011.
LeBeau has more than 15 years of energy investment, startup and energy development experience. She has served in executive capacities for numerous energy businesses throughout her career, including an interstate pipeline, a wind development and investment company, an energy trading business and an energy advisory firm which she also cofounded. She received her Bachelor of Arts from Stanford University and her Doctor of Jurisprudence from the University of Iowa.
About WAPA: Western Area Power Administration annually markets and transmits more than 25,000 gigawatt-hours of clean, renewable power from 56 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. Follow us on Twitter @WesternAreaPowr or visit the website at www.wapa.gov.