Ms. Harkins is a University of North Dakota graduate with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Geological Engineering with an emphasis in hydrology and groundwater. Harkins is a registered professional engineer in Nevada and California. She holds a Masters in Public Administration from the University of Nevada , Las Vegas, and is a graduate of the Office of Personnel Management's Women's Executive Leadership Program.
Ms. Harkins leads the Colorado River Commission of Nevada (CRC), responsible for deliveries of over 500 MW of federal hydropower, and supplemental resources to 11 power customers in southern Nevada. The CRC works with federal and regional agencies to protect the reliability and control costs of federal hydropower projects.
The CRC is responsible as a full-service electric utility to serve the needs of the Southern Nevada Water Authority in its effort to expand the water treatment and transmission facilities in southern Nevada. The CRC has also designed and built electrical transmission and distribution facilities in southern Nevada.
The CRC also provides leadership and consultation on various efforts to secure additional water and power resources for southern Nevada.
Before coming to the Commission, Ms. Harkins spent 27 years with the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation, where she most recently served as the Deputy Regional Director of the Lower Colorado Region. During her tenure at Reclamation, she led the agency in the development of Interim Surplus Guidelines, as well as supervised water and power operations for the Lower Colorado Region. Ms. Harkins led Reclamation's conservation efforts in the development of Inadvertent Overrun and Payback Policy, offstream storage rule, construction and operation of Warren H. Brock Reservoir, Yuma Desalting Plant Pilot Run, and implementation of California's Quantification Settlement Agreement.
Ms. Harkins has received numerous awards during her career, including the Department of the Interior's Superior Service Award and was inducted as a 2010 National Honorary Member of Pi Alpha Alpha, the National Honor Society for Public Affairs and Administration.
Ms. Harkins is a member of the American Public Power Association, the Colorado River Energy Distributors Association, and the Colorado River Water Users Association.