Irene Scruggs, Interim Executive Director & General Counsel
Irene joined the Public Power Council in 2011. In her role, Irene represents the interests of PPC’s member utilities in various administrative, regulatory, and judicial proceedings, and advises the Executive Director and PPC staff on policy issues.
Prior to joining PPC, Irene was in private practice with a large firm in Portland, where she focused on commercial and business litigation. She guided her clients through resolution of complex cases, either through litigation or otherwise. Irene is experienced in all litigation arenas, including trials, mediations and arbitrations, and appeared frequently in state and federal trial and appellate courts on behalf of her clients. In addition, Irene worked closely with her clients outside the courtroom, monitoring legislation, educating them on new laws, and advising them on emerging opportunities and risks. She has been selected twice as a Rising Star in the area of litigation by the Oregon Super Lawyers.
Irene graduated magna cum laude from Gonzaga University in 2003 with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science, and from Lewis & Clark Law School in 2006 as a Juris Doctor. She is a member of the Oregon and Washington State Bars.
Aaron Bush, Energy Analyst
Aaron Bush joined the Public Power Council (PPC) in the fall of 2018 as an Energy Analyst. Prior to joining the PPC, Aaron worked on consulting projects with Eugene Water and Electric Board, as well as NW Natural, analyzing the feasibility of community solar and power-to-gas operations. He graduated from Whitman College Cum Laude with a degree in Philosophy and has an MBA from the University of Oregon with a focus on energy and finance.
Michael Deen, Policy Director
Michael Deen joined the Public Power Council (PPC) in 2013 as a Senior Policy Analyst and is the current Policy Director. His current work at PPC takes an analytical focus towards a variety of power supply and transmission issues at BPA and throughout the region. Most recently prior to joining PPC, he was a consultant with Regulatory and Cogeneration Services (RCS) and worked primarily as an expert witness on a variety of power supply, rate design, and regulatory policy issues on behalf of large industrial customers. Before RCS, Deen held energy-related positions in Portland that included time as a Policy Analyst with PPC as well as an associate position at the consulting firm of McCullough Research. Deen is a graduate of Reed College in Portland where he studied psychology, statistics, and economics with academic distinction.
Bo Downen, Director,
Environmental and Regional Affairs
Bo Downen joined the Public Power Council (PPC) as a Policy Analyst in the fall of 2006. He specializes in fish and wildlife program management, energy efficiency policy, and regional power planning and environmental mitigation programs relating to the Northwest Power and Conservation Council. Prior to joining PPC, Bo worked as an attorney for the Illinois Speaker of the House and staffed the State Government Administration Committee. Bo is a graduate of Georgetown University and Loyola University Chicago School of Law. He is a member of the Illinois State Bar Association.
Karen Heim, Senior Administrative Specialist
Karen Heim joined the Public Power Council (PPC) in the spring of 2016 as an Administrative Specialist. Karen manages all office accounts for PPC, helps the office run smoothly on a day-to-day basis, and provides support to the Executive Director and Staff. Prior to joining PPC, Karen worked as a Project Manager at a large-scale event production company where she oversaw all levels of planning from inception to execution. Karen graduated from Gonzaga University and has an MA in History from the University of San Diego.
Lauren Tenney Denison,
Senior Policy Analyst
Lauren Tenney Denison joined the Public Power Council in spring of 2018 and specializes in transmission policy and rate issues. Prior to joining PPC Lauren was a Public Utilities Specialist at BPA working on transmission issues as well as other rates and revenue matters regarding federal power supply and delivery. Lauren is a graduate of Lewis and Clark College with a B.A. in Economics. In addition, she has conducted graduate work on energy policy and management at Portland State University.
Marty Kanner, D.C. Representative
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400 North Capitol St. NW
Washington, D.C. 20001