Rachel Allen has a BS in Electrical Engineering from Gonzaga University and has worked in the power utility industry for 30 years. She has completed the NWPPA and TCC Leadership Training as well as Willamette University Utility Management Certificate (2012) and Business Leadership Academy (2014) training.
Rachel started her career working for ten years at Avista Utilities in the Generation, Transmission, Distribution, and Operations Engineering Groups. She gained experience in generation equipment automation, line design, relay settings, protection coordination, materials and outage coordination. She also held the position of Construction Manager for Avista Utilities’ Lewiston Office responsible for the daily work assignments of 60 employees consisting of operations crews and technical staff in both electric and gas including construction crews, meter reading, construction design and materials management.
In 2002, Rachel accepted a position at Tacoma Power and worked for the next seven years in T&D System Planning and Operations followed by five years as the T&D Asset Management Supervisor. Rachel then managed the T&D Meter-Relay Shop for three years and in 2016 was promoted to T&D Electrical Services Assistant Manager over New Services Engineering, Electrical Inspection, Meter-Relay and Administrative Support Staff. In 2018 Rachel was again promoted to Power Section Manager leading the Power Shared Services section over Strategy, Training and Development, Facilities, Emergency Management, Reliability and Compliance, and Internal Communications.
Rachel gained valuable knowledge working at the regional planning and operating level on NWPP and WECC committees as well as compliance including the self-certification processes and evidence gathering for NERC/WECC audits. She has years of budgeting experience leading the T&D Capital Budget Planning Team and as a representative of the Budget Review Team for Tacoma Power as well as years of involvement in Strategic Planning efforts. Rachel has experience in emergency response with two years as the T&D Emergency Response Plan Coordinator and eight subsequent years in various emergency response lead roles. In 2012, she was given an additional role as the Tacoma Power Economic Development Liaison in which she has gained economic development planning experience.
Rachel has participated on the T&D Core Values Team since its inception in 2006, promoting communication, employee development and recognition as well as a respectful and professional environment at Tacoma Power.