Elliot Mainzer was named BPA’s acting deputy administrator in February 2013.
In this role, he oversees BPA’s Finance, Strategy, Legal, Public Affairs, Risk Management, Compliance, Governance and Internal Audit functions and serves as the principal policy and strategy advisor to the BPA Administrator.
Mainzer has been with BPA since 2002 and has held a variety of management positions within the Agency’s Power, Transmission and Corporate organizations, including trading floor manager, manager of Transmission Policy and Strategy and most recently as Executive Vice President of Corporate Strategy where led the agency’s strategic planning process and provided policy leadership and cross-agency coordination on renewables integration, market design, climate change and integrated planning.
Mainzer has also provided leadership and coordination of significant regional initiatives, including the NW Wind Integration Action Plan in 2007 and the NW Power Pool Members’ Market Assessment and Coordination Initiative. Prior to joining BPA, Mainzer established and managed Enron’s Renewable Power Desk out of its Portland, Ore. office.
He has MBA and Master of Environmental Studies degrees from Yale University. Mainzer is an active public speaker on renewables integration and market design issues, a member of the Western Electric Industry Leaders Group, and a former member of the Board of the Utility Wind Integration Group.
He lives in Portland, Ore. with his wife and twin boys.