Barbara Tyran is Director, External Relations, at the National Hydropower Association (NHA) and also serves as Advisor, Macro Grid Initiative, at the American Council on Renewable Energy (ACORE). She brings outstanding federal / state government relations experience, following two decades as Director, Washington & State Relations, in EPRI’s Washington DC office. She was the principal liaison between EPRI executive management and Congress, the Administration, the national trade associations, state legislators / regulators, and the Washington policy community. Her background includes federal advocacy for utilities and management consulting for public / private / non-profit sector clients, with engagements involving strategic planning, policy analysis, marketing, external relations and communications, and financial / economic analysis. She holds a BA degree with Honors from Stanford University and an MBA from Yale University.