Omaha, Neb. – Former Nebraska State Senator Tanya D. Cook was appointed by the Metropolitan Utilities District Board of Directors to fill the board vacancy for Subdivision 5 created by the recent death of Tom Dowd.
The board received 16 eligible applications for the vacancy and narrowed the list to six finalists who were interviewed at today’s board meeting. Cook will serve the remainder of Dowd’s term which runs through 2020.
Cook served two terms for the Legislature’s District 13 from 2009 to 2017, co-chairing the Business and Labor Committee and serving on the Appropriations, Urban Affairs and Long-Term Planning Committees.
“I’d like to thank the current M.U.D. board members for their confidence in me. [The board] has a long track record of sound leadership. I welcome the chance to continue my own public service as a member of the M.U.D. Board of Directors,” Cook said.
She holds a master’s degree in adult and continuing education from the University of Nebraska at Lincoln and a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Georgetown University.
Cook is president of City Girl Communications, designing and leading systems mapping processes for urban planning and civic water infrastructure construction projects. She previously served as Director of Urban Affairs for the Nebraska Governor’s Office from 1999 to 2006 and was an administrator at Metropolitan Community College from 1995 to 1999.
Cook currently serves as a board member for Film Streams and formerly served on the boards of United Way of the Midlands and Girls Inc. She served on several committees for the National Black Caucus of State Legislators and received the organization’s Legislator of the Year award in 2016.
About Metropolitan Utilities District: The mission of the Metropolitan Utilities District, headquartered in Omaha, Nebraska, is to provide safe, reliable and cost-effective natural gas and water services to our community. The District is the fifth largest public natural gas utility in the United States, serving more than 231,000 customer-owners in Omaha, Bennington, Fort Calhoun, Springfield, Yutan and Bellevue. The District also provides safe, high quality drinking water to more than 216,000 customer-owners in Omaha, Bellevue, Bennington, Carter Lake, La Vista, Ralston, Waterloo and the Papio-Missouri Natural Resources District (which supplies water to Fort Calhoun).