FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Jan. 16, 2020
LAKEWOOD, Colo. – Michael Montoya has been named Western Area Power Administration’s new senior vice president and chief information officer.
Montoya officially assumes the role Jan. 19, although he has been acting in the CIO position since December 2017.
“Mike will serve as one of my principal advisors and provide executive leadership and strategic direction for all Information Technology activities within WAPA,” said Administrator and CEO Mark A. Gabriel. “Always calm under pressure, Mike is committed to finding solutions that best serve WAPA. He is exceptionally skilled at building partnerships and removing barriers.”
As CIO, Montoya leads more than 200 technology team members managing both traditional and operational technology programs across a 15-state area. He is responsible for employees overseeing cybersecurity, network services, IT infrastructure, supervisory control and data acquisition systems, enterprise applications, operations technology and power management and marketing tools for WAPA.
Montoya began at WAPA in 2008 as the IT operations manager. From 2010 through 2017, he served as WAPA’s manager for enterprise applications and vice president of information technology for enterprise applications. In these roles, he oversaw multiple upgrades of WAPA’s financial system, played a major role in WAPA’s migration to data centers in Phoenix and Folsom and was instrumental in the success of the Operations Consolidation Project.
Montoya began his federal career as a Navy officer, where he served as the CIO of the National Naval Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland. He also served as the CIO and Communications Officer for a Navy Field Hospital during Operation Iraqi Freedom, as the CIO of Naval Hospital Lemoore in California and as the Deputy CIO for Naval Hospital at Camp Pendleton, California.
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. Follow us on Twitter @WesternAreaPowr or visit the website at www.wapa.gov.