Karen Brubeck moves to new role at PSE


Karen Brubeck and Maria Metzler stand holding a check to Helpline House.

Karen Brubeck (right) presents a check to Maria Metzler (left), Executive Director of Helpline House.

Longtime Bainbridge Island resident and Outreach Manager for Kitsap County, Karen Brubeck, recently accepted a new position at PSE. Karen’s work for PSE for the past four years focused heavily on the island, working with residents on renewable energy programs, energy efficiency, emergency preparedness, corporate giving and as the local PSE Foundation liaison.

Filling this important role are David Parker Brown, Outreach Coordinator for Kitsap County, and Renee Zimmerman, Community Projects Manager. Look for an introduction of David and Renee in the next newsletter!

"The thing I loved the most about the job was being able to bring innovative renewable energy programs, projects and opportunities to Bainbridge Island,” Karen says. Karen led the efforts with the HORSE digester pilot project, the community digester discussion and worked with the City of Bainbridge Island to help the city earn three awards from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), including 2017’s Green Power Community of the Year. In addition, the renewable energy outreach on the island for PSE’s Green Power and Solar Choice Programs has catapulted Bainbridge into the #1 spot for participation in PSE’s programs by percentage of the population.

In her new role as Community Projects Manager for the PSE New Products Team, Karen is now working on PSE’s suite of electric car pilot programs that will be rolled out over the next couple of years.

PSE is lucky to have dedicated staff like Karen, Renee and David who live in the cities and communities we serve. While Karen has moved to a new role at PSE, she hasn't left Bainbridge—be sure to say "hi" when you see her around the Island!