Carolyn Barbash '90 (electrical engineering), '98 MBA
Carolyn (Cowan) Barbash became vice president of business development and community relations at NV Energy in 2019 after serving as vice president of energy market policy where she was leading efforts to develop policies and business models for Nevada’s electric market. Prior to this, she was vice president for PacifiCorp (also a Berkshire Hathaway Energy company), leading efforts to explore the potential of creating a regional energy market with California. Carolyn has more than 30 years of energy delivery and policy experience and has held various executive positions at NV Energy, including compliance, transmission, and electric and gas operations. She has led grid operations, planning, major project management and implementation of NV Energy’s participation in the Western Energy Imbalance Market.
Carolyn holds a master of business administration and a bachelor of science in electrical engineering from the University of Nevada, Reno, and is a licensed professional engineer. Carolyn serves on the board of the Nevada Women’s Fund, the University of Nevada, Reno College of Engineering Advisors and the Las Vegas Global Economic Alliance. She has also served on the board of the Western Electricity Coordinating Council, the Girl Scouts of the Sierra Nevada, the Boys & Girls Club of Carson Valley, and the Western Nevada College Foundation.
Carolyn is a native Nevadan, born and raised in Southern Nevada, but has called Reno her home for 34 years. She enjoys the beautiful outdoors, hiking, skiing and fly fishing with her husband, 15-year-old son and grown daughter.