Director, State, International, & Tribal Affairs Division, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission
Rob Thormeyer serves as Director of the State, International, and Tribal Affairs Division (SITA) within FERC’s Office of External Affairs. In this role, Thormeyer directs the Commission’s engagement with state, international, and Tribal government officials. SIPAD coordinates and centralizes the interaction and communication between FERC, state regulators and other governmental entities, international public utility regulatory bodies, industry, trade associations, regional coalitions, the general public, consumer, community, public interest groups, and landowners affected by projects before FERC. The Division also disseminates general information to all the affected groups regarding FERC activities, initiatives and policy directions.
Prior to joining FERC in September 2021, Thormeyer served as Vice President of Communications and Advocacy at the Utilities Technology Council, an international trade association representing the telecom and technology needs of electric, water, and natural gas utilities. Before that, from March 2015-August 2017, Thormeyer served as a Strategic Advisor to former Federal Energy Regulatory Commission Member Colette D. Honorable. In that role, Thormeyer was the Commissioner’s de facto chief of staff and external relations director, engaging with members of the public, drafting speeches, talking points, congressional testimony, and other official correspondence.
From November 2006-March 2015, Thormeyer served as Director of Communications at the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners. In this role, Thormeyer served as the spokesman for the organization with the media, drafted speeches, testimony, and other official correspondence. Thormeyer began his career as a journalist.