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Seattle City Light Hires Executive Director for Lighting Design Lab

Seattle City Light named Irina Rasputnis as its executive director of Lighting Design Lab (LDL). Rasputnis will join City Light’s leadership team.

SEATTLE – Seattle City Light named Irina Rasputnis as its executive director of Lighting Design Lab (LDL). She will oversee the operational administration and strategic direction of the organization, supporting technology and educational needs of regional utilities, the design community, and northwest regional trade allies. Rasputnis will join City Light’s leadership team and report directly to industry veteran, Edward Smalley, manager of City Light’s technology services group.

Irina Rasputnis

Rasputnis is lighting certified by the National Council on Qualifications for the Lighting Professions (NCQLP) and comes to Lighting Design Lab from the DesignLights Consortium (DLC), based in Medford, Mass., formerly part of Northeast Energy Efficiency Partnerships, where she was the DLC Program Manager. During her tenure, she conducted large-scale stakeholder insights and needs assessments, built programs, and contributed to the organization’s business planning. In addition to her industry recognized technical expertise, Rasputnis has great purview of utility programs and the educational needs of trade allies.

“Irina is very insightful, and has a high degree of understanding when it comes to navigating complex information and customer needs. What struck me the most about her, was how quickly she drove to solutions when asked about obstacles facing the lighting market today,” said Smalley. “I am excited she will be joining our team and the great group of experienced professionals at LDL.”

Rasputnis graduated from Northeastern University in Boston with a Bachelor of Science degree in chemical engineering, and completed coursework toward earning a Master of Arts in urban and environmental policy and planning. She will begin her new role with Lighting Design Lab on Dec. 4, after making the move to Seattle with her family.

Lighting Design Lab
Lighting Design Lab (LDL) is a commercial and industrial lighting validation and education organization service of Seattle City Light with additional funding from other major northwest electric utilities and energy conservation partners. For over 28 years, LDL has provided consultation and learning services to the contracting, utility, design, and architectural communities. Lighting Design Lab’s mission is to build business value for its customers by ensuring they have the education and technical information they need to make informed decisions about the adoption of energy-efficient lighting and connected building technologies and practices.

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Seattle City Light
Seattle City Light is the 10th largest public electric utility in the United States. It has some of the lowest cost customer rates of any urban utility, providing reliable, renewable and environmentally responsible power to about 750,000 Seattle area residents. City Light has been greenhouse gas neutral since 2005, the first electric utility in the nation to achieve that distinction.