NR 14-08 Kathy Vaughn re-elected to EN Executive Board


​Angela Walz, Public Affairs, 509-377-4010
Mike Paoli, Public Affairs, 509-377-6154 

RICHLAND, Wash. – Energy Northwest’s board of directors re-elected Kathy Vaughn today to serve a four-year term on the public power agency’s 11-member executive board. The executive board sets the policies that govern the operations of the organization. Her new term begins June 17.

Snohomish County PUD 1 commissioners appointed Vaughn to the Energy Northwest Board of Directors in 2004 and she was elected vice president, serving in that capacity  2005 to 2007. Energy Northwest’s 27-member board of directors represents the 22 public utility districts and five municipal utilities that make up the agency. The board of directors has sole authority to authorize and terminate projects.

In 2006, the Energy Northwest Board of Directors elected Vaughn to the agency’s executive board. She served as the assistant secretary until 2008 when she was elected secretary until her appointment as the chair on the Energy Northwest Executive Board’s Audit, Legal and Finance Committee in January, 2013. As the first woman elected to the PUD’s commission, she has served on the Snohomish County PUD Board of Commissioners since 1994. She is the longest-serving commissioner in the utilities’ 60-year history.

Vaughn also serves on the Policy Makers Council for the American Public Power Association, which works on national energy policy issues in Washington, D.C. 

She is an accomplished businesswoman and was selected Business Woman of the Year in 2005 by the Snohomish Business Journal. She is the president and licensed broker of Goldmark Financial Corp., a Washington state mortgage brokerage firm. Vaughn is also co-owner of a construction company with her husband.

Prior to her election to the commission, she was active in the community, running many youth organizations and serving as a precinct committee person.

About Energy Northwest  
Energy Northwest develops, owns and operates a diverse mix of electricity generating resources, including hydro, solar and wind projects – and the Northwest’s only nuclear power plant. These projects provide enough reliable, affordable and environmentally respon­sible energy to power more than a million homes each year, and that carbon-free electricity is provided at the cost of generation. As a Washington state, not-for-profit joint operating agency, Energy Northwest comprises 27 public power member utilities from across the state serving more than 1.5 million ratepayers. The agency continually explores new generation projects to meet its members’ needs.