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Kim Rush

Senior Vice President of Operations & Chief Marketing Officer 

Centered on safety and operational excellence, areas of oversight include Customer Acquisition, Engineering, Construction, Compliance, Customer Service, Billing and Account Services, Storage and Gas Control, Gas Supply, Field Services and Emergency Response, Resource Management, Transportation, and Corporate Communications. Heiting also leads the company's decarbonization efforts focused on supporting renewable energy development and the acceleration of new, low-emissions technologies.


During her career at NW Natural, she has served in a variety of leadership positions including Vice President of Communications and Chief Marketing Officer, Chief Corporate Communications Officer, and Director of Consumer Information and Internet Services.  Prior to joining NW Natural, she held leadership and management positions at Alltel Corporation, and Bank of America Corporation in Chicago, Illinois. 


Rush currently serves on the board of the Northwest Gas Association, ONE Future, the Western Energy Institute, and is a member of the Operations and Sustainable Growth Committees of the American Gas Association. Prior board experience includes Greater Portland, Inc., LifeWorks NW, Natural Gas Vehicles for America, and Utilization Technology Development affiliated with the Gas Technology Institute. 


She received her Bachelor of Arts in Communications at the University of Iowa, and a Master of Science in Communications at Northwestern University in Illinois.

Nels Johnson

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State and Federal Affairs Manager

He splits his time between Salem, Olympia, and Washington D.C. Prior to joining NW Natural Johnson was a contract lobbyist with a robust practice focused on renewable energy, technology, and local government.


Johnson has a Bachelor of Arts Degree from Whitworth University, a Juris Doctor from Willamette University College of Law, and a Certificate of 21st Century Leadership from Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government.


Johnson lives in Portland, Oregon with his wife Lauren and their two dogs.

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