Scott Corwin Moving from NWPPA to Lead APPA

(June 29) Northwest Public Power Association Executive Director Scott Corwin has been selected to lead the American Public Power Association as its newest president and CEO. Based in Arlington, Va., APPA is the voice of not-for-profit, community-owned utilities that power 2,000 towns and cities nationwide. Corwin’s four-year tenure with NWPPA will come to an end mid-August.

“I am excited for this new chapter and look forward to leading a national association that has such a rich history of serving the nation’s public power utilities for 83 years,” said Corwin. “I have loved working with NWPPA’s excellent staff, board of trustees, and public power champions in the Western region, and I am confident that NWPPA is on a strong path forward. I look forward to continuing to work with the Western public power utilities in my new role.”

Under Corwin’s leadership, NWPPA successfully navigated the pandemic by restructuring and ramping up online training opportunities; welcomed its first Colorado utility members; enhanced the user experience for members via its database management system; received four national communications awards; brought back the Power Supply Conference; and held numerous policy forums on topics such as wildfire, federal funding opportunities, and post-election summaries. Corwin also testified for NWPPA in front of Congress three times in four years.

“Scott has done a fantastic job for NWPPA, including leading the association through the trying times of the pandemic without us missing a beat,” said NWPPA Board President and Wheatland REA General Manager Don Smith. “He will be sorely missed; however, with the help of the excellent staff Scott has led and mentored, the board will find a successor that will be able to continue the great work of NWPPA.”

The NWPPA Board of Trustees is forming a selection committee and will soon begin an active search for the next executive director.

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