September 15, 2023

 Liz Anderson named Washington PUD Association Executive Director

(Olympia)- Liz Anderson has been named as the new Executive Director of the Washington Public Utility Districts Association (WPUDA), effective January 1, 2024, following the retirement of George Caan at the end of the year.

Anderson has more than 15 years of utility experience and steps into the Executive Director position after serving as the Association's Deputy Executive Director for the past three years. Anderson previously served as the Association's Government Relations and Communications Director, joining the Association in 2013. Prior to joining WPUDA, Anderson served as Government Relations and Community Relations Director for Grays Harbor PUD, where she held leadership roles in WPUDA, including Chair of the WPUDA Communications Committee and Vice Chair of the Government Relations Committee. In addition to her utility experience, she also has an extensive background in the field of Communications and Marketing. Liz was an award-winning broadcast journalist and program director, and the Marketing and Communications Manager of Washington's Lottery.

"Liz Anderson is extraordinarily qualified and capable and we are looking forward to her serving in the position of Executive Director," said Dave McKenzie, President of the Washington PUD Association. "Liz brings to the position a great skillset and commitment to the values of public utility districts, including local control, not-for-profit service, and a focus on reliable, efficient, and affordable utility services. She will be a great addition to the leadership of the consumer-owned utility community in the state of Washington, regionally, and nationally."

"It is an honor to be selected to serve as the Executive Director of the Washington PUD Association," said Anderson. "WPUDA plays an important role in supporting the state's not-for-profit, community-owned public utility districts, and I look forward to working with our members and WPUDA staff to enhance the value PUDs provide customers."

WPUDA's current Executive Director, George Caan, is retiring after serving more than 13 years. "We want to thank George Caan for his service," said President Dave McKenzie. "We know that Liz will continue the great work of the Association into the future."

The Washington PUD Association was established in 1936. Its mission is to support, protect and enhance its members’ ability to conserve power and water resources for the benefit of the people of the State of Washington and provide not-for-profit, locally controlled utility services. Visit for more information.


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