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Paul Breakman

Senior Director – Business & Technology Strategies
National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA)


4301 Wilson Blvd
Arlington,  VA  22203
United States
Phone:  703-907-5844


Mr. Breakman is a Senior Director at the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA) in Washington DC. He leads the Cooperative Organization Development unit within NRECA's Business and Technology Strategies (BTS) Division. He works closely with NRECA’s members, advising on successful cooperative business models and on next generation cooperative models. He is committed to effectuating the success of the coop model through business tactics and business opportunities for NRECA members.

Mr. Breakman’s major initiatives include: Rural Broadband Due Diligence & Development; DER Implementation for G&T Cooperatives; G&T/Distribution Cooperative Business Models; and Cooperative Strategic Sourcing.

Mr. Breakman engages with industry stakeholders and collaborates with many NRECA departments for successful development, execution, and communication of NRECA’s work. His primary role is to provide key information to electric cooperatives on current & future trends affecting operations, technology planning, consumer expectations, and to work with NRECA's Government Relations department on regulatory & policy drivers.

Immediately prior to joining BTS in 2017, Mr. Breakman served for three years as NRECA’s FERC Counsel. Prior to joining NRECA in 2014, he was a Partner with the D.C. law firm of Duncan & Allen, where he represented coops & municipal entities before FERC for nearly 15 years.

He has served in a variety of capacities for the Charitable Foundation of the Energy Bar Association (“CFEBA”) (President, 2010-2011), and as a board officer of EBA (Delegate in the ABA House of Delegates, 2011-2013; Board member/officer 2014-2019). He is admitted to practice in DC, MD and NJ.

He holds a B.A. (cum laude, '93) from the Univ. of California, San Diego, & a law degree from Tulane (J.D., Maritime Specialization, '97).


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