Dan James joined BPA’s leadership team as deputy administrator in June 2016. James is responsible for providing policy and strategic guidance to the administrator, particularly with respect to BPA's public responsibilities. He oversees BPA’s Compliance, Audit, Risk and Equal Opportunity Employment organization, Corporate Strategy, Communications, Intergovernmental Affairs, and the Senior Policy Adviser for the Environment and Endangered Species.
James came to BPA from PNGC Power, where he served as vice president of public affairs and marketing since 2007. PNGC Power is one of BPA’s largest customers with member utilities spread across BPA’s service territory.
Prior to his PNGC Power experience, James worked as a senior government relations specialist at Ball Janik LLP in Portland, Oregon, and Washington, D.C., and as the federal affairs representative at Pacific Northwest Waterways Association in Vancouver, Washington.
During his time at PNGC Power, he was a member of the National Preference Customer Committee of the National Electric Cooperative Association.
James spent most of his childhood in Kalispell in Western Montana. He earned a bachelor’s degree in political science at Pacific University in Forest Grove, Oregon, in 1987. He also earned a utility management certificate from Willamette University in Portland in 2015. He currently, or has previously served, on the boards of the United Way of the Columbia-Willamette, Pacific University, the Oregon Wave Energy Trust and the Pacific Youth Choir. He is also a senior fellow of the Oregon chapter of the American Leadership Forum.
He lives in Northeast Portland with his wife and two teenage daughters.