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NW Natural Holdings announces management change

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NW Natural Holdings has elected two new board members, Karen Lee and Nathan Partain, effective January 2021.

For the past 10 years, Karen Lee has served as CEO of Pioneer Human Services, a non-profit social enterprise business based in Seattle, which operates several for-profit businesses to help fund its social mission to assist individuals with criminal histories lead healthy and productive lives. Prior, she served as commissioner of the Washington State Employment Security Department, and held several leadership roles at Puget Sound Energy including director of Gas Operations. She also was an associate attorney at K&L Gates LLP in Seattle, and spent four years as an officer in the US army.

Lee holds a Juris Doctor (JD) degree from the University of Washington School of Law. She is a graduate of the United States Military Academy at West Point, where she earned a Batchelor of Science (BS) with a concentration in Russian studies and a minor in engineering. She currently serves as a trustee at Western Washington University, a director at W. Lease Lewis Co., and a director of the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco. She is also a member of the Washington Statewide Reentry Council and the Regence Blue Shield advisory board. Lee has been named a ‘40 Under 40’ honoree and one of ‘Seattle’s Women of Influence’ by the Puget Sound Business Journal, and received an “Executive Excellence” award from Seattle Business Magazine.

Nathan Partain is President and Co-Chief Investment Officer of Duff & Phelps Investment Management Co. Previously, he was with Duff & Phelps Investment Research Co. where he was the Director of utility, equity and fixed income research. Partain is also President, CEO and a member of the Board of Directors of DNP Select Income Fund Inc., Duff & Phelps Utility and Corporate Bond Trust Inc., DTF Tax-Free Income Inc., and Duff & Phelps Utility and Infrastructure Fund Inc. Prior, he held financial and regulatory positions with Gulf States Utilities Co. Partain has announced his retirement from Duff & Phelps Investment Management Co. at the end of 2020.

Partain is chairman of the board of Otter Tail Corp. He is a National Association of Corporate Directors (NACD) Board Leadership Fellow. He earned a BS and MBA from Sam Houston State University. Partain is a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) and a member of the CFA Society of Chicago.

“We’re excited to welcome Karen and Nathan to our board. Their deep industry expertise, combined with the breadth of leadership within their respective industries will strengthen our board’s collective knowledge and capabilities,” said Scott Gibson, NW Natural Holdings’ Board Chairman.

Lee and Partain were also elected to the board of directors of Northwest Natural Gas Company (NW Natural), the company’s wholly owned subsidiary, starting 1 January 2021.

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