Robin Furrer was named BPA’s chief administrative officer in October 2019. She is responsible for Information Technology; Safety; Security and Continuity of Operations; Supply Chain Services; Workplace Services; and the Sustainability and Resiliency Office.

Previously, Furrer served as the vice president of Transmission Field Services for 14 years. Transmission Field Services is BPA’s largest, most geographically diverse organization, with more than 900 employees spread across the agency’s 300,000 square-mile service area. In that role, she managed field operations; the maintenance and construction of BPA’s high-voltage transmission system; and the provision of safe, reliable and cost-effective service to more than 500 customers. 

With over 30 years of experience in the electric utility industry, Furrer’s career has encompassed all facets of transmission – from safety, security and reliability to project siting, project management, design and engineering. She served on the Board of Directors for the Western Energy Institute in 2010 and served multiple terms on the Board of Directors for the North American Transmission Forum, influencing reliability and education across North America.

Under Furrer’s watch, the Chief Administrative Office crucially supported BPA's response to the COVID-19 pandemic beginning in 2020 and the workforce’s return to facilities in 2022. She oversaw years of planning and coordination that was required to keep staff safe and well-informed through the twists and turns of the pandemic.

Furrer holds a Bachelor of Science in civil engineering from Portland State University and is a graduate of the University of Idaho’s Energy Executive Course.

A Northwest native, Furrer lives in Washington with her husband, daughter and beloved Bernese mountain dogs. 

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