Growing up in the eastern Sierra, DeAnna Hilbrants spent a lot of time outside. Whether hiking, riding bikes or raising animals, including sheep and pigs to auction at the local fair, DeAnna developed a taste for adventure and business early.
Today, in her role as Assistant Director of Business Services here at Silicon Valley Power, DeAnna approaches her work in procurement and finance with that same sense of discovery. “The high volume of contracts Silicon Valley Power manages is impressive — nothing short of a logistical feat in constant motion,” she says. She is excited to be using technology to improve administrative processes and help processes work more effectively.
DeAnna has experience driving change in city government and has served in key leadership roles in several municipalities across Northern California, including Millbrae, Sonoma and Monterey County. She is proud to have led special projects that directly improved people’s lives, including a regional public safety radio replacement project and the design, funding and insurance settlement for a recreation center to replace a community center destroyed by arson. In 2013, DeAnna was awarded the Rising Star Award from the Municipal Management Association of Northern California for her accomplishments.
Since joining our team, DeAnna has enjoyed this same on-the-ground feeling of making a difference at the local level. Her work allows her to help shape some of the most important issues facing the community when it comes to energy and sustainability.
When not in the office, DeAnna can be found in a book, biking outside or in one of several hip-hop classes. She enjoys traveling and is always planning her next trip to a national park or forest. Most of all, DeAnna loves hiking on remote mountain trails. Her favorite is at Lake McLeod in the Inyo National Forest, a glacier lake found on a short trail starting at an elevation of about 9,000 feet. It’s a great conditioner for a longer hike after normal life at sea level.