Scott Barash (pictured) is the National Rural Electric Cooperative (NRECA)’s new senior vice president and general counsel. Barash succeeds longtime NRECA attorney Richard Meyer.
Barash is a fixture of the Washington, D.C., in-house counsel scene, having served at District of Columbia Public Schools, the University of the District of Columbia and Universal Service Administrative Co.
NRECA represents more than 900 mostly rural electric cooperatives in the United States. Unlike traditional utility companies, the cooperatives are not-profit and owned by their memberships. The cooperatives serve just 12% of the country’s population but own 42% of its power distribution lines. The Association is gearing up for tough regulatory battles by appointing a new general counsel.