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UTC makes new executive appointment

Neiri Carrasco to lead Regulatory Services Division 

LACEY, Wash. - The Washington Utilities and Transportation Commission has appointed Neiri Carrasco as director of the Regulatory Services division.

Carrasco will lead the UTC’s largest division, responsible for conducting the economic regulation of investor-owned utilities, solid waste collection companies, household goods movers, private passenger ferries, excursion boats, and bus companies.

“I am excited to welcome Neiri to the commission,” said Executive Director Amanda Maxwell. “Her direct experience working with and leading educational programs, grass-roots organizations, and community non-profits will help us as we work to transform Washington’s clean energy economy, engage with the communities we serve, and embed equity in our processes and decision making.”

Carrasco joins the UTC with a background in executive leadership, community advocacy, and higher education. Most recently, Carrasco served as the president and chief executive officer of the United Way of Central Washington, streamlining organizational processes to reduce costs and shape the organizational culture.

Previously, Carrasco served as a director in the College of the Environment at the University of Washington, and the director of the Washington State University Mathematics, Engineering, Science Achievement (MESA) program for the Yakima/Tri-Cities area.

Carrasco holds a Master of Science in Management and Leadership from Western Governor’s University, and a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with a minor in Spanish from Rockford College in Illinois.

Carrasco has also participated in extensive volunteer and philanthropic work supporting underrepresented communities in Washington state.

Carrasco takes over for Deborah Reynolds, who served as interim director since April 2022. Reynolds resumes her previous role in Regulatory Services as assistant director of the Energy Conservation and Planning Section.

The UTC regulates the rates and services of household goods movers; passenger transportation companies; investor-owned electric, natural gas, garbage, and water utilities; landline telecommunications companies; garbage haulers; commercial ferries; pipeline companies; marine pilotage; and a low-level radioactive waste repository.