About Heather Rosentrater

Heather Rosentrater is the Director of Engineering and Grid Innovation for Avista and leads the Transmission and Distribution Engineering groups as well as the company’s Smart Grid and Smart City efforts. She joined Avista in 1996 while studying Electrical Engineering at Gonzaga University. She graduated from Gonzaga in 1999 and was hired on full-time with Avista as an Engineer. She has held several engineering and leadership positions during her 19 year career. Heather is a registered Professional Engineer. She is a member of the Rocky Mountain Institute and serves on the Smart Grid Northwest Board, the Alumni Engagement Council (EAC) for the School of Engineering and Applied Science at Gonzaga University, and the Advisory Council for Washington State University’s School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science.

Collaboration is Key Factor to Spokane’s Smart City

In spring of 2014, a small group of inquisitive and action-oriented Spokane community members headed to the Rocky Mountain Institute to spend four days in Colorado’s mountains and immerse themselves in deep sector knowledge of smart city initiatives worldwide. This...