L. Paul Alvestad


Mr. Alvestad is a PenLight Board Member who is currently serving as President, and sits on the Finance & Audit and Goals & Long Range Planning Committees, and has previously served on the Water Committee.

A lifelong Gig Harbor resident, Paul obtained a business degree from Washington State, a law degree from Gonzaga, and an LLM in taxation from Denver University Since 1980, he has practiced law and currently owns his own firm with offices in Tacoma and Gig Harbor where his tax, business and estate planning emphasis provides advice to families and hundreds of small and mid-sized businesses.

Paul and wife Lisa have 2 children. His father Paul and grandfather Peter Alvestad both served on PenLight’s Board (his father serving for 29 years, including several as Board President).  He chaired the Burley/Minter Citizens Advisory Committee and sat as a member of the Pierce County Citizens Advisory Group, both of which played important roles in addressing land use in the Gig Harbor and Key peninsulas. A former President of the Tacoma/Pierce County Estate Planning Council, he also served on Tacoma Lutheran Retirement Home’s Board for 10 years. He is an active adult leader in Boy Scouts and former Gig Harbor Rotarian of the year and his most time intensive hobby involves ranching near Horseshoe Lake. Skiing, golf, hiking and history studies also hold his interest.

Paul believes the biggest challenges for the Board involve its increasing responsibilities to study and proactively adapt to the changing supply, transmission, and technology needs of the industry. Enhancing reliability, energy conservation, and responsible rates are of primary importance. Paul’s historical understanding of the community and his law practice involvement with the successes of businesses have proved to be valuable resources to the Board in addressing the issues it must face as it approaches its first century of operations.

Paul is honored to continue his contribution to the community through his service on PenLight’s Board.