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Leadership Team

Adrienne Lotto

Senior Vice President of Grid Security, Technical & Operations Services
American Public Power Association

As a member of the American Public Power Association’s executive leadership team, Adrienne manages all aspects of the association’s Technical & Operations Services department. This includes informing policy, interfacing with federal agencies, and developing member programs and services on issues pertaining to electric utility operations, reliability, resilience, safety, grid security, and disaster response and mutual aid. 

A seasoned risk management professional, she has more than a decade of experience addressing cross-sectional issues associated with cybersecurity, public policy, risk management, law, and the environment. Before joining APPA, Adrienne was vice president, chief risk and resilience officer at the New York Power Authority, the nation’s largest state electric utility, where she led a team of risk management professionals. 

She served as NYPA’s deputy incident commander during the COVID-19 pandemic, helping to coordinate NYPA’s response related to protecting employee health and safety while maintaining essential generation and transmission operations. She also served on the Electricity Subsector Coordinating Council’s Tactical Tiger Team to develop a widely disbursed industry guide on COVID-19 response. 

Prior to her work with NYPA, Adrienne worked on behalf of the Secretary of Energy to stand up the Department of Energy's Office of Cybersecurity, Energy Security and Emergency Response, or CESER, as the acting principal deputy assistant secretary for the newly formed office. She also successfully led CESER's Infrastructure Security and Energy Restoration division, growing the program from $17 million in FY19 to $70 million in FY20. 

Adrienne received her Juris Doctor from Pace University School of Law and a Bachelor of Science from the State University of New York at Albany.

Areas of Responsibility

Mutual Aid Safety and the eSafety Tracker Service
Reliability, the RP3 Program, and the eReliability Tracker Service Smart Energy Provider (SEP) Program
Research & Development and APPA’s DEED Program