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October 21, 2021 (SAN ANTONIO) –Today, San Antonio City Council confirmed the nomination of Dr. Francine Romero to the CPS Energy Board of Trustees from the Northwest Quadrant (1) of CPS Energy’s service territory. The confirmation follows a vote by the Board of Trustees on October 4, 2021 to submit Dr. Romero to the City Council for approval.

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Dr. Francine Romero

“Dr. Romero has extensive experience and an exceptional track record in serving our diverse community. Her leadership skills will benefit our Board as we make decisions that affect the future of this energy company that serves Greater San Antonio. I am looking forward to working with her,” said Board Chair Dr. Willis Mackey. “We received a significant amount of interest from our community in serving on the Board. I am pleased with the support and caliber of the applicants and am excited we found an exceptional nominee in Dr. Romero to help us meet the business and strategic needs of CPS Energy and our community.”

“Dr. Romero has an admirable track record of skillful public service. She is committed to upholding the public trust and exercising responsible fiscal stewardship to protect ratepayers,” said Mayor Ron Nirenberg. “Dr. Romero is well prepared for a role on the CPS Energy board. She understands the importance of electricity issues and what they mean to the most vulnerable members of our city as well as our economy.”

“I am honored to join the CPS Energy Board of Trustees and look forward to working with my future fellow Trustees and CPS Energy management in shaping our utility’s future. This is one of the most critical times in CPS Energy’s 161-year history with the ongoing transformation to new and innovative technologies that will help power our community for the years to come,” said Dr. Romero. “I am passionate about our community and look forward to making a meaningful impact for CPS Energy customers and our city.”

Dr. Romero will fill the seat to be vacated by Trustee Ed Kelley, who has served two terms as a member of the CPS Energy Board.

Dr. Romero will join Board Chair Dr. Willis Mackey, Vice-Chair Janie Gonzalez, Trustee John Steen, and Mayor Ron Nirenberg on the CPS Energy Board of Trustees.

Dr. Romero has a long career in education. She is the Chair of the Department of Public Administration at the University of Texas at San Antonio. She holds a Ph.D. and M.A. in Political Science from the University of California, Riverside, and a B.A. in Political Science, from California State University, San Bernardino.

Dr. Romero also has extensive experience in research and community service. She has received numerous awards and accolades to include:

  • San Antonio Women’s Hall of Fame—2019 Inductee, Higher Education Category
  • San Antonio Clean Technology Forum, Water for Life Award—2017 Nominee
  • Green Spaces Alliance, Land We Love Gala—2016 Honoree
  • UTSA President’s Distinguished Achievement Award for Excellence in Community Service— 2013 Winner
  • Office of the United States Secretary of Defense, Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve, Patriotic Employer Award—2013

CPS Energy’s Board sets policy and works with the President & CEO and the management team to oversee business operations of the nation’s largest municipally owned electric and natural gas company. CPS Energy’s Guiding Pillars of Reliability, Customer Affordability, Security, Safety, Environmental Responsibility, and Resiliency, built on a foundation of consistently remaining Financially Responsible, are at the forefront of CPS Energy’s strategies, processes, and decision making.

CPS Energy generates more than $2.5 billion in revenues annually, manages $11.5 billion in assets, employs nearly 3,000 employees locally, and returns up to 14 percent, or over $330 million a year, to the City of San Antonio’s general fund. The company’s Board of Trustees meets monthly. For more information, Board agendas, and presentations, click here.