Public Affairs Team

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​Public Affairs Manager /
Chief Communications Officer

Carla Martinez

Carla Martinez joined Energy Northwest in May 2003 and currently holds the position of Public Affairs manager and chief communications officer. In this capacity, she is directly responsible for internal and external communications, creative design, videography and social media in addition to overall Public Affairs management support.

Prior to assuming her current position, Carla served as EN’s Compliance and Concerns Program manager, Human Resources manager, and Boards & Marketing manager. Additionally, she represented Columbia Generating Station as the management council representative to Utilities Service Alliance.

Prior to joining EN, Carla worked in various hospital administration positions.

She is a past board member of the National Association of Employee Concerns Professionals and Women Helping Women-Tri Cities.

Carla holds a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Western Washington University and a master’s degree in Organizational Leadership from Gonzaga University. Additionally, she is certified as a Senior Professional in Human Resources.

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Director of Government Affairs
Jason Herbert

Jason is the Director of Government Affairs and Member Relations. His responsibilities include managing the agency’s state and federal legislative engagement and communicating with member utilities, trade associations and key stakeholders. Jason navigates complex policy matters and works with policymakers to advance agency priorities. Prior to joining EN, Jason spent a decade working in the U.S. House of Representatives, consulting on energy and environmental policy, and advising political campaigns. In Congress, he advised members on numerous policy issues and held several senior staff positions.

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Board Relations Lead
Susan Fillafer

Susan Fillafer is the Board Relations Director. She is responsible for all board relations functions for the executive board, board of directors and Columbia participants review board in coordination with board chairs, senior leadership and Public Affairs management. Prior to joining EN, Susan spent more than a decade in community relations and served as the director for a local non-profit.

Susan earned a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and Marketing from the University of Tennessee. She is a graduate of Leadership Tri-Cities class XVIII – “The best class ever.”

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Director of Public Relations
Kelly Rae

Kelly Rae is the Director of Public Relations. Kelly worked at Energy Northwest from 2009 to 2014 and rejoined the agency in 2018. She is responsible for community relations and outreach, media relations, marketing and research, sponsorships, event planning, advertising, and contributing to the agency’s internal communication program.

Kelly earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication from Washington State University.

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Public Affairs Administrative Assistant
Hilary Taylor

Hilary Taylor is the Public Affairs administrative assistant. Hilary manages the office and budget for Public Affairs and regularly assists and represents the manager and Public Affairs organization.

Hilary has a bachelors in Communication and Society from Washington State University. Go Cougs!


Senior Public Affairs Analyst 
Anna Markham

Anna Markham is a senior Public Affairs analyst. She is primarily responsible for the agency’s employee communication program.

Anna served nearly eight years as a journalist in the U.S. Navy. She was an editor for the base newspaper at Naval Air Facility in Atsugi, Japan and a radio and television host for American Forces Network in La Maddalena, Italy.

She has supported internal and external communications for more than 20 years and has been involved in nuclear communications for almost 15 years.

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Public Affairs Specialist
Ben Stewart

Ben Stewart is a Public Affairs specialist with a background in graphic design. He has worked at Energy Northwest since 2008, focusing on internal and external communications, and video production.

Prior to joining Energy Northwest, Ben worked for a magazine publishing company.

He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Graphic Design from Central Washington University.​

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Public Affairs Specialist
Cameron Kaseberg

Cameron Kaseberg is a Public Affairs Specialist with a focus on graphic design, photography, and social media. He helps departments and organizations across the company share information, images and messaging in a clear, concise and professional manner.

He left high school early to study photography, art and pursue his degree in graphic design. Upon graduation, Cameron had already established Kaseberg Design and began working for a major tradeshow and exhibit design/build firm in Portland, Oregon. He worked as a graphic production artist and designer before moving to a national exhibit company as an exhibit designer.

With his foot always in the world of graphic design and photography, Cameron considers his position with Energy Northwest a natural progression.