​Aether brings expertise and industry knowledge to clients through direct experience working in non-regulated and regulated businesses. In addition to consulting experience, Aether personnel have industry experience, leading teams in an integrated gas and electric utility, a merchant power start-up and a global trading organization.

Julie Ryan, Managing Partner 

Ms. Ryan has over 25 years of experience in the energy industry in the areas of strategy and management. She has been consulting since 2006, and prior to that she was a senior leader in utility, merchant power, and trading & marketing firms. She held two officer positions at Puget Sound Energy, first as Vice President Energy Portfolio Management and then Vice-President, Risk Management and Strategic Planning. Prior to that, she was Managing Director at Merchant Energy Group of the Americas and Senior Vice President at Louis Dreyfus Energy Corp and Duke/Louis Dreyfus. She brings clients direct experience in leading risk management, strategic planning, energy supply operations, and energy risk management.


Ms. Ryan is Aether’s Managing Partner and is a CFTC-registered commodity trading advisor (“CTA”).  She also serves as the director of Willamette University Atkinson School of Graduate Studies’ “Utility Management Certificate” program which offers industry training and leadership development to utility managers.


Ms. Ryan has been nominated to serve on the NWPPA Board of Trustees, previously served on the board of the Northwest Gas Association, and was a member of the Seattle City Light Review Panel.  Ms. Ryan graduated Cum Laude, and was elected to Phi Beta Kappa, from Smith College in Massachusetts.


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Associate Member and Guest Instructor,

Northwest Public Power Association        

Program Director, “Utility Management Certificate”, Willamette University 

Associate Member,

American Public Power Association