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Jeff Tarbert to retire, become consultant to APPA


From the January 16, 2013 issue of Public Power Daily

Originally published January 16, 2013

After 37 years with APPA, Jeff Tarbert will retire as senior vice president of member services and assume new responsibilities as executive consultant to the association, effective April 1. His new duties will include providing governance workshops and other programs for public power governing boards and executives, facilitating utility planning sessions, and delivering consulting and other services designed to help public power utilities prepare for the evolution of the industry.


Jeff Tarbert
"Over 37 years, Jeff has not just seen much of APPA’s history, he has helped shape that history for the better," APPA President and CEO Mark Crisson said. "It is a testament to his abilities that association membership is at an all-time high. I’m gratified that Jeff will continue to serve APPA and public power in his new role as executive consultant."

During his career with APPA, Tarbert has led hundreds of courses and workshops on effective public power policy governance, strategic planning and executive leadership. Attendees have consistently given him the highest ratings as a speaker. His primary areas of responsibility at APPA have included directing membership services, overseeing APPA’s subsidiary Hometown Connections, and supervising major workshops and conferences, IT and administration, human resources and economic development programs.

During the past year, Tarbert undertook a major project analyzing the sustainability of public power’s business model in the context of the changing electric power industry. He previously led a year-long study of how public power should respond to the likely changes and challenges facing the industry, which resulted in the publication in 2002 of It’s Your Future ... Lead It: Public Power in the 21st Century.

Tarbert joined the APPA staff in 1976, after earning a doctorate degree and serving as an adjunct professor at George Washington University. 

"I believe in local government and the important services it can provide for communities and citizens," Tarbert said. "My work at APPA has served as an inspiration to my own public service, and I look forward to continuing my relationship with APPA and public power."

Tarbert has served as both mayor and chair of the school board of the city of Falls Church, Va., as well as chair of the board of Northern Virginia Community College, the nation’s second largest community college. He currently serves on the Northern Virginia Regional Park Authority board and is a volunteer ranger with the U.S. National Park Service at Great Falls Park in Maryland.

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