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PUD Showcase

Meet Brenda White

Local Government & External Affairs Associate
Employee of the Month for November

Employee of the Month

Ask those who know Brenda White to describe her in three words, and you are certain to get compliments like “poised,” “polished” and “professional” in response. But the list of accolades and praise hardly stops there.

“Brenda is all about gracious service,” a PUD employee noted in Brenda’s nomination for November Employee of the Month. “She is a gift to the community. She supports organizations, fundraisers and Boards – all without expecting any recognition, just in service.”

As Local Government & External Affairs Associate, Brenda serves as an important liaison for the PUD. She is constantly on the go – breakfasts with business leaders, government meetings and presentations during the day, and public hearings in the evening.

“Brenda serves a unique role in that she works with mayors, government officials and community influencers,” her nomination reads. “She keeps them in the loop and up-to-date on PUD projects that could impact or be of interest to them. She helps the utility build goodwill and ensures our customers feel they are a part of the conversation.”

One recent example of Brenda’s exceptional work is seen in her efforts to improve safety and security along Sultan Basin Road on the way to Spada Lake Reservoir and Culmback Dam. Following an increase in illegal target practice along the road, Brenda facilitated meetings that drew together officials from the PUD, law enforcement, state agencies and local government. It was the first opportunity in a while for many to be in the same room and brainstorm solutions.

Within a few weeks, the county cleared 1.4 tons of debris left from the illegal target practice – and all just in time for the PUD to welcome the public for Spada Community Day in August, which Brenda also collaborated with an internal team.

“Brenda works tirelessly on behalf of the PUD and its customers, and is immensely deserving of this recognition,” says Kim Johnston, Government & External Affairs Director. “She is a collaborator, a problem solver, and an often-needed measured voice of reason. Her remarkable ability to bring others together and forge lasting, positive relationships makes her a true asset and an outstanding representative of the PUD.”

“Brenda is likely the most gracious person we have at the PUD,” her nomination reads. “She is a kind, inclusive person who looks for ways she can help connect people. She always wears a smile, is very loyal and very committed to representing the utility in a positive light.”

Congratulations on this well-deserved honor, Brenda – and thank you for your ongoing excellent work on behalf of our many and varied customers!

Recent Awards

  • Hydropower Award (2019)
    The National Hydropower Association (NHA) honored the PUD as one of its 2019 Outstanding Stewards of America’s Waters for Operational Excellence. The national award recognizes the PUD's recently completed Water Temperature Conditioning Project at Culmback Dam, designed to improve the habitat for salmon and other aquatic life in the Sultan River downstream of the Spada Lake Reservoir
  • Hydropower Award (2017)
    The National Hydropower Association honored the PUD with a 2017 Outstanding Stewards of America’s Waters award for its success in providing access to additional fish habitat in the Sultan River Basin, site of the PUD’s Jackson Hydroelectric Project. In late 2016, the PUD opened up six miles of additional fish habitat on the Sultan River by modifying a diversion dam on the upper reach of the river. Within weeks of the project’s completion, coho salmon were detected upstream – for the first time in nearly 100 years!

To see more awards, click here.