Vice President - Construction, Compliance and Safety, Washington Gas
Tracy L. Townsend was named Vice President of Construction, Compliance and Safety for Washington Gas in October 2014. She and her team are responsible for all construction, engineering and support activities for New Business and Replacement work including the approved accelerated pipe replacement plans across Washington Gas’ distribution system and the pipeline safety and compliance oversight of all construction, operations and maintenance functions.
Ms. Townsend began her career at Washington Gas in 2001. Ms. Townsend launched the company’s first construction alliance in 2002. In 2006, she was named Division Head assuming additional areas of responsibility to include replacement construction, marketing and business development, construction and operations support, dispatch, field services and field operations. In 2010, she began a rotational assignment assuming responsibility for the company’s focus on worker and pipeline safety including the company’s Distribution Integrity Management Program and compliance programs, namely damage prevention, corrosion control and leak survey. Most recently, she has served as the Washington Gas witness in legislative and regulatory proceedings in the District of Columbia, Maryland and Virginia regarding the company’s accelerated pipe replacement plans. Prior to joining Washington Gas, Ms. Townsend gained broad management experience at an underground utility construction contractor and held positions of increasing responsibility at two professional services firms serving the underground utility construction industry.
She is an active member of the American Gas Association and currently sits on the Distribution Construction & Maintenance Operating Committee for which she previously co-chaired its Contractor Management and Damage Prevention Task Groups. She led the company’s efforts in the AGA Peer-to-Peer Review Pilot Program and continues to do so in the national program. She is an active member of the Virginia Gas Operator’s Executive Committee. She was appointed a member of the VA811 Board of Directors in September 2015.
Ms. Townsend holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business from Virginia Tech with a major in Management and minor in German. She holds a Graduate Certificate in Creating Successful Alliances and Partnerships and has completed several leadership programs, including being a graduate of the 2011 LEAD Virginia program.
Ms. Townsend resides in Virginia.