Thursday, February 21, 2019

OMS Opens Search for New Executive Director

By Amanda Durish Cook

The Organization of MISO States is now accepting applicants for a new executive director to replace Tanya Paslawski, who will depart the organization at the end of the year. (See OMS Executive Director to Exit.)

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OMS said it is seeking a candidate with “extensive understanding of federal and state energy industry regulatory matters and experience leading teams with diverse perspectives.” The executive director takes direction from the board of directors to execute the group’s strategy on energy industry issues.

“We’re looking for someone who is driven, dynamic and skilled at achieving consensus outcomes. Experience with organization administration and boards of directors a plus,” Colleen Dougherty, OMS Office Manager, said in a press release.

Resumes will be accepted through Dec. 3 and should be emailed to Dougherty at OMS is headquartered in downtown Des Moines, Iowa.

OMS members recognized Paslawski’s four years of work at the group’s Nov. 13 meeting.

“You were the right person at the right time,” Michigan Public Service Commission Chair Sally Talberg told Paslawski, praising her “great skill and vision.” Talberg said Paslawski took over OMS when it was a startup in its teenage years and helped transform it into a serious organization. Paslawski thanked OMS members for the opportunity to serve them.

In 2019, OMS will continue its longstanding focus on policy around distributed energy resources. The organization is working with MISO to create stakeholder forums to discuss DER issues. Stakeholder workshops on DER should begin in early 2019, OMS Director of Member Services Marcus Hawkins said.