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CPS Energy Board of Trustees Select Candidate for Southeast Quadrant

The CPS Energy Board of Trustees today decided to nominate Ms. Terri Williams, a Certified Economic Developer, to serve as the new Southeast Quadrant board member to replace outgoing trustee Derrick Howard. Ms. Williams will be presented to the San Antonio City Council at a future council meeting for final ratification to join the Board of Trustees.

“The response to our need for a replacement for Derrick Howard was tremendous, and the Board is appreciative of all of the candidates who applied,” said newly appointed Board Chair John Steen. “Based on our rigorous interview process, Ms. Williams presented the strongest set of diverse experiences that will balance well with CPS Energy’s diverse business and strategic needs. We are excited about Ms. Williams joining us, and believe she will bring added value to our Board through her solid background, inquisitive spirit, and collaborative approach.”(Image) Ms. Terri Williams

Ms. Williams, who serves as the Director of Small Business Development Center, Procurement Technical Assistance Center at the University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA), is a resident of San Antonio. She is a UTSA graduate who studied Political Science. She contributes to our community through a number of organizations, by currently or previously serving on:

  • Texas Economic Development Council
  • The International Economic Development Committee and Small Business Committee
  • The San Antonio Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors
  • The Greater San Antonio Chamber of Commerce Economic Development Steering and Legislative Affairs Committee

Ms. Williams will represent the Southeast Quadrant of CPS Energy’s service area. She joins Steen, Vice Chair Dr. Homer Guevara Jr., and recent Chair Ed Kelly on the Board. San Antonio’s City Mayor, Ron Nirenberg, also serves on the Board as an Ex-Officio Trustee.

The five-member Board sets policy and works with management to oversee business operations of the nation’s largest municipally owned electric and gas utility. CPS Energy generates more than $2 billion in revenues annually, manages over $11 billion in assets, employs over 3,000 employees locally, and returns up to 14 percent, or over $300 million a year, to the City of San Antonio’s general fund.


Established in 1860, CPS Energy is the nation’s largest public power, natural gas and electric company, providing safe, reliable, and competitively-priced service to 804,000 electric and 343,000 natural gas customers in San Antonio and portions of seven adjoining counties. Our customers’ combined energy bills rank among the lowest of the nation’s 20 largest cities – while generating $7 billion in revenue for the City of San Antonio for more than seven decades. As a trusted and strong Community partner, we continuously focus on job creation, economic development and educational investment. True to our People First philosophy, we are powered by our skilled workforce, whose commitment to the community is demonstrated through our employees’ volunteerism in giving back to our city and programs aimed at bringing value to our customers. CPS Energy is among the top public power wind energy buyers in the nation and number one in Texas for solar generation.

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