Thursday, February 21, 2019

OMS Executive Director to Exit

By Amanda Durish Cook


Tanya Paslawski at the OMS Annual Meeting in October | © RTO Insider

The Organization of MISO States said Friday that Executive Director Tanya Paslawski will depart the organization at the end of the year.

Paslawski has accepted a position as president of the Michigan Gas and Electric Association starting Jan. 1, 2019, and will resign her OMS post effective Dec. 31.

Paslawski joined OMS in 2014 as the organization’s deputy executive director, becoming executive director in 2015. Prior to OMS, she worked for ITC Holdings and was a staffer at the Michigan Public Service Commission.

OMS leaders said Paslawski navigated the organization through a transitional stage as the electric industry itself experiences change.

“Tanya has brought leadership, knowledge of the industry and an ability to forge consensus among regulators in the MISO footprint. She has served with distinction, and I wish her well in her new position,” OMS President Ted Thomas, chairman of the Arkansas Public Service Commission, said in a statement.

“Tanya did an incredible job as OMS executive director, providing astute legal and policy analysis on complex and critical issues … and her ability to facilitate consensus on those issues will be deeply missed,” OMS Vice President and Missouri Public Service Commissioner Daniel Hall said.

Paslawski had lauded the organization’s perseverance and collaborative nature during the OMS Annual Meeting and 15-year anniversary celebration last month. (See Overheard at OMS 2018 Annual Meeting.)

OMS’ executive committee will open a search to select a new executive director, who will be subject to confirmation by the organization’s board of directors. Staff said the search for a replacement will be opened next week, with any next steps, including the potential need for an interim director, determined thereafter.