As senior vice president and chief operations officer for Puget Sound Energy, Booga Gilbertson is responsible for electric and gas operations, including emergency response, maintenance and construction, grid modernization, electric and gas system operations, system planning, project management and engineering. A passionate advocate for safety, she is responsible for safety operations and culture across the company. She enjoys innovating and integrating leading practices and technology with legacy operations, navigating change, and developing people.
Since joining PSE Gilbertson has held a broad range of engineering, operations and management positions in planning, asset management, gas and electric engineering, performance measurement, budgeting, project management, construction and maintenance, 24-hour control center operations, labor relations, technology and emergency response management. She also has experience in the consumer goods manufacturing industry as well as vocational instruction.
In addition to her responsibilities at PSE, Gilbertson serves on the board of directors of the Western Energy Institute. In the past year she was chair of that board. She is also a past chair of the Edison Electric Institute’s National Response Executive Committee. She currently serves on the Washington State University Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Executive Council; she has also been a member of the University of Washington’s Electrical and Computer Engineering Advisory Board.
Gilbertson holds a Bachelor of Science degree in electrical engineering from the University of Washington and a Master of Business Administration degree from City University.
She enjoys skiing, hiking, running, kayaking, gardening and weaving.