Bill Drummond became BPA’s administrator in February 2013. As the 19th administrator in its history, Drummond is responsible for managing the nonprofit federal agency, which markets carbon-free power from Columbia River hydroelectric dams and the region's one nuclear plant. BPA also operates most of the surrounding power grid, distributing wind and other energy to the Pacific Northwest and beyond.
Drummond had served as BPA’s deputy administrator since October 2011, overseeing the agency’s General Counsel, and Compliance and Governance, Risk Management, Internal Audit, Public Affairs, Finance, and Corporate Strategy functions.
Before joining BPA, Drummond was manager of the Western Montana Electric Generating and Transmission Cooperative in Missoula, Mont., for 17 years. From 1988 to 1994, he led the Public Power Council, an association of all Northwest publicly owned utilities.
During more than 30 years in the energy industry, Drummond has been a leader on many regional task forces and committees, including the Bonneville Environmental Foundation, Northwest Energy Efficiency Alliance, Northwest Wind Integration Forum and Northwest Energy Efficiency Task Force. Nationally, he has served on committees of the American Public Power Association and the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association.
Drummond has degrees in forestry from the University of Montana and economics from the University of Arizona. In addition to his roles in the Northwest power industry, he is an active volunteer for Planned Parenthood.
Drummond and his wife, Elizabeth, have two grown sons and live in Portland, Ore.