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Executive Board Member
Barbara Ann Walz
Sr. Vice President of Policy and Compliance
Chair Compliance Officer
Tri-State Generation and Transmission Assoc., Inc.
Barbara has been with Tri-State for 17 years. She leads a professional staff responsible for government relations, environmental compliance, environmental policy, reliability compliance, safety, security and other external matters. She is responsible for supporting corporate policies and initiatives that relate to energy and environmental issues while interfacing with state and federal elected officials, representatives from Tri-State's member co-ops, and other key policymakers from organizations and businesses in the association's service territory.
In conjunction with her position at Tri-State, Barbara serves as the Chair of the Electric Power Research Institute's environment and executive councils, on the Steering and Policy Committees for the Utility Air Regulatory Group and the steering committee and leadership council of the Coal Utilization Research Council. She serves as a Board member for the Colorado 4H Foundation.
Barbara graduated from the University of North Dakota with a B.S. in chemical engineering. She earned a master's degree from the University of Denver in Environmental Policy and Management. In addition to state agency experience, she worked as the Assistant Director of Environmental Affairs for the National Paint and Coatings Association in Washington, DC and as the Western Region Compliance Manager for Foster Wheeler Environmental.
Barbara lives in Lakewood, Colorado with her husband and is an active athlete participating in Triathlons and races with a cause.