President and Chief Executive Officer
Melanie Frye, President and CEO, oversees WECC’s mission to effectively and efficiently reduce risks to the reliability and security of the Western Interconnection’s Bulk Power System. Melanie achieves this work through active interactions with members and key stakeholders, by managing relationships with key regulatory and policy-setting bodies, and ensuring WECC contributes to a positive relationship with NERC and the ERO.
Melanie leads the WECC organization and works to strengthen the developing leadership culture. She created the framework for WECC’s Invented Future and shaped the transformation within the organization. She has profoundly influenced the development of the internal organizational culture to inspire alignment with the “why” of WECC.
Prior to this role, Melanie served as Vice President of Reliability Planning and Performance Analysis, overseeing WECC’s technical and analysis functions, including events analysis, situation awareness, reliability planning and assessments, performance assessments, and standards development. Melanie also served as WECC’s Vice President of Shared Services, overseeing Human Resources, Accounting and Finance, Information Technology, Project Management, and Administrative Services functions and staff. She joined WECC in 2007 as Director of Human Resources.
Before joining WECC, Melanie spent several years with PacifiCorp as a Senior Human Resources Consultant where she was responsible for providing advice and counsel to the leadership team of eight thermal and three natural gas power generation facilities in Utah and Wyoming. She provided support to over 2,500 union and non-union employees located across the company’s six-state service territory.
Melanie holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Weber State University in Ogden, Utah, and a Utility Executive Course Certificate from the University of Idaho.