DRWV BOARD MEMBER
Jason S. Harshbarger
State Policy Director – WV & OH for Berkshire Hathaway Energy Gas Transmission & Storage (BHE GT&S)
DRWV Board Member
Jason Harshbarger is the WV & OH State Policy Director for Berkshire Hathaway Energy Gas Transmission & Storage (BHE GT&S) overseeing stakeholder engagement and relationship development with local elected and municipal officials, government agencies, community organizations and business groups. Harshbarger is a 1997 graduate of Marietta College with a degree in Environmental Science and an emphasis in Petroleum Engineering. He has 25 years of experience in the energy sector and is a past member of the WV House of Delegates where he served on the following committees: Chairman of Natural Resources, Judiciary, Energy, Industry & Labor and was an Assistant Majority Whip.
He currently serves on the Board of Directors for: the WV Oil and Natural Gas Association as Vice President, Discover the Real West Virginia Foundation, Inc., WV Chamber of Commerce, Utilities, Telecommunications & Energy Coalition of West Virginia, WV Roundtable, Harrison County Chamber of Commerce, WVU Energy and Land Management, West Virginia Damage and Prevention Board, and the Governor’s One Shot.
Harshbarger has worked in several areas of the energy sector from engineering to environmental compliance. Upon graduation, he began his career in the Gulf of Mexico performing formation evaluation and directional drilling then in 2000 he moved to Akron, OH to work in the environmental department at FirstEnergy. He later transferred to the Sammis Power Plant where he oversaw permitting and later becoming unit engineer.
In October 2005, Harshbarger started his career with Dominion Energy in the environmental department, managing compliance for multiple gas transmission divisions and later in the gas storage department where he maintained the integrity of gas storage assets.
Harshbarger has been active in the community, were he has served as a volunteer for the Ritchie County 4-H Program, the Mid-Ohio Valley Technical Institute (MOVTI) Advisor Committee, the Ritchie County Economic Development Authority Board, and the West Virginia Hugh O’Brian Youth Leadership as past president and corporate board treasurer.
He was also selected as a member of the elite Young Guns Class of 2018 by WV Executive Magazine for his dedication to lifelong learning and service to the State of West Virginia.
Jason and his wife Michelle live on their family farm that dates back to the mid-1800’s near Pullman, WV with their daughter Mackenzie.