October 6, 2021 (SAN ANTONIO) – The CPS Energy Board of Trustees has voted to forward the nomination of Dr. Francine Romero to fill the upcoming Board vacancy in the Northwest Quadrant (1) of CPS Energy’s service area for consideration by City Council. If confirmed, Dr. Romero will fill the seat to be vacated by Trustee Ed Kelley, whose second term will end on January 31, 2022. Kelley has served nearly 11 years as a member of the CPS Energy Board. The CPS Energy Board will present Dr. Romero to San Antonio City Council for approval during a confirmation hearing in the coming weeks.
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
If confirmed by City Council, she 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 beginning February of 2022. 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 $2.5 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.