Liz Anderson leaving PUD to take a job with state association

Liz Anderson, the community and government relations director for the Grays Harbor PUD, is leaving to take a similar job with the Washington State Public Utility District Association.

Anderson confirmed the new job by telephone Thursday night from a WPUDA function in Olympia where she also told Grays Harbor PUD commissioners in attendance after giving her notice earlier.

She will be the state association’s communications and government affairs director based out of Olympia, and will commute to the job.

“It’s a great opportunity and I’m very excited about the opportunity,” Anderson said. “It’s having a chance to work for not just one PUD but PUDs across the state.”

She will be working with the association’s staff and lobbying group on behalf of issues important to public power, as well as handling communications duties. The association includes more than 20 other PUDs around the state.

Anderson said the recent departures of longtime PUD commissioner Tom Casey and PUD General Manager Rick Lovely had nothing to do with her decision.

“It just happened to occur at a time when we are going through a lot of transition,” she said.

Anderson started her career at an Olympia radio station in her senior year at The Evergreen State College, working her way up from account executive to promotions manager, and then as an anchor in the news department, also covering state government. She went on to work in advertising and public relations in Portland, and then became Grays Harbor Radio news director in 1992.

That’s where she met husband and fellow broadcaster Pat Anderson. After 12 years, Liz Anderson went to work as the state Lottery’s communications and marketing manger before accepting her position at the Grays Harbor PUD.

Anderson also is president of Aberdeen Rotary, and she said she might have to step down early in her term because it will be difficult to lead the regular Wednesday meetings. She was going to notify the Rotary board today but plans to remain a member. Her term as president ends in June.

“I will be driving to Olympia, but I will continue to live in Grays Harbor and be a proud Grays Harbor PUD ratepayer,” she said. “… I’m grateful for the opportunity I had at Grays Harbor.”