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Tennessee Valley Authority

400 West Summit Hill Drive, Knoxville, TN 37902


Board of Directors

Board of Directors
CHAIR Richard C. Howorth

Director Marilyn A. Brown
Director V. Lynn Evans
Director Virginia T. Lodge
Director Eric M. Satz
Director Ronald A. Walter

Director (vacancy)
Director (vacancy)
Director (vacancy)

Executive Leadership

Executive Leadership

Executive Vice President / Chief Financial Officer John M. Thomas III
Executive Vice President / General Counsel Sherry A. Quick
Executive Vice President, External Relations Van M. Wardlaw
Executive Vice President, Generation Joseph P. Grimes
Executive Vice President, Operations Michael D. Skaggs

Senior Vice President / Chief Communications and Marketing Officer Janet J. Brewer
Senior Vice President / Chief Human Resources Officer Susan E. Collins
Inspector General Richard W. Moore

The above list of key personnel was updated 09–2017.

The above list of key personnel was updated 09–2017.

The Tennessee Valley Authority conducts a unified program of resource development to advance economic growth in the Tennessee Valley region.

The Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) is a wholly owned Government corporation created by the act of May 18, 1933 (16 U.S.C. 831-831dd). All functions of the Authority are vested in its nine-member Board of Directors, whose members the President appoints with the advice and consent of the Senate. The Board designates one of its members to serve as the Chair.


The TVA's activities are diverse: They range from economic development and environmental stewardship to electric power production and transmission, flood control, navigation, recreation improvement, and to water supply and water quality management.

The TVA's electric power program is financially self-supporting and operates as part of an independent system with the Authority's system of dams on the Tennessee River and its larger tributaries. These dams provide flood regulation on the Tennessee River and contribute to regulation of the lower Ohio and Mississippi Rivers. The system maintains a continuous 9-foot-draft navigation channel for the length of the 650-mile Tennessee River main stream, from Paducah, KY, to Knoxville, TN. The dams harness the power of the rivers to produce electricity. They also provide other benefits, notably outdoor recreation and water supply.

The Authority operates the river management system and provides assistance to State and local governments in reducing local flood problems. It also works with other agencies to encourage full and effective use of the navigable waterway by industry and commerce.

The TVA is the wholesale power supplier for 154 local municipal and cooperative electric systems serving customers in parts of 7 States. It supplies power to 58 industries and Federal installations whose power requirements are large or unusual. Power to meet these demands is supplied from dams, coal-fired powerplants, nuclear powerplants, natural gas combined-cycle powerplants, combustion turbine and diesel installations, solar energy sites, wind turbines, a methane gas facility, and a pumped-storage hydroelectric plant; U.S. Corps of Engineers dams in the Cumberland Valley; and Brookfield Renewable Energy Partners dams, whose operations are coordinated with the TVA's system.

Economic development is at the heart of the TVA's mission of making the Tennessee Valley a better place to live. A healthy economy means quality jobs, more investment in the region, sustainable growth, and opportunities for residents in the southeastern region to build more prosperous lives. TVA economic development takes a regional approach to economic growth by partnering with power distributors and both public and private organizations to attract new investments and quality jobs, supporting retention and growth of existing businesses and industries, preparing communities for leadership and economic growth, and providing financial and technical services.

Sources of Information

Business Opportunities

The TVA partners with power distributors, suppliers, and other individuals and organizations. It seeks business relationships with firms offering reliable products and services at competitive prices. The TVA encourages businessmen and women of diverse backgrounds—minorities, service-disabled-veterans, veterans, as well as small business owners and entrepreneurs in historically underutilized business zones—to learn about available opportunities. For more information, contact Supply Chain, BR 4A–C, 1101 Market Street, Chattanooga, TN 37402. Phone , 423-751-7903.

Career Opportunities

The TVA is a service-oriented agency that relies on diverse and talented professionals to carry out its mission.

In 2016, the Office of Inspector General ranked first among 305 agency subcomponents in the Partnership for Public Service's Best Places To Work Agency Rankings!

Economic Development

TVA Economic Development serves the seven States of the TVA service area—AL, GA, KY, MS, NC, TN, and VA. Through partnerships with other economic development organizations, the TVA fosters capital investment and job growth in its service area. Information is available online, or contact TVA Economic Development, 26 Century Boulevard, Suite 100, Nashville, TN 37214. Phone, 615-232-6051.

Environmental Reviews

The TVA conducts environmental reviews to consider the effects of its proposed projects on the human and natural environment before making final decisions. The TVA's environmental projects are open for public review.

Freedom of Information Act (FOIA)

The TVA operates a FOIA requester service center. Phone, 865-632-6945. | Email:

Historic Photographs

From the earliest days of the TVA, photographers captured images of the agency's work and the cultural changes that followed. The TVA collection contains over 20,000 black-and-white negatives and over 5,000 original file prints. Its images span half a century, from 1933 to 1983.

Library Services

Visitors may use the TVA Research Library by appointment. Contact the TVA Research Library, 400 W. Summit Hill Drive, Knoxville, TN 37902-1499. Phone, 865-632-3464. | Email:

Native American Tribes

Native Americans have a cultural and historical interest in the Tennessee Valley. The TVA consults with 18 federally recognized tribes when it undertakes projects that could affect their cultural sites.


The TVA posts news stories and press releases online.


The Office of the Inspector General from the TVA posts reports and data on, a text-searchable repository of reports that Federal Inspectors General publish. The Council of the Inspectors General on Integrity and Efficiency operates and maintains the website to increase public access to independent and authoritative information on the Federal Government.

Public Engagement

The TVA benefits from engaged citizens. It encourages comments, feedback, and input. Contact TVA Communications, 400 W. Summit Hill Drive, Knoxville, TN 37902-1499. Phone, 865-632-2101. | Email:

Site Map

The website map allows visitors to look for specific topics or to browse content that aligns with their interests.

Social Media

The TVA has a Facebook account.

The TVA tweets announcements and other newsworthy items on Twitter.

The TVA posts videos on its YouTube channel.

TVA Kids

The TVA maintains the website, which is a colorful online resource for students and teachers. The site covers topics like green power, making electricity, and saving energy. It also has a section of "Cool Stuff" that includes games, videos, and warnings about energy vampires.

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