Terri Williams
Terri Williams is the director of the Procurement Technical Assistance Center at UTSA's Small Business Development Center. Credit: Courtesy / UTSA

The CPS Energy board on Monday voted to recommend a local economic development leader for a position on the electric and gas utility’s board.

Out of 12 candidates they interviewed, board members picked Terri Williams, director of the Procurement Technical Assistance Center at the Small Business Development Center  at the University of Texas at San Antonio.

“She’s spent a lot of her career on economic development and just brings a lot of skills to the board,” said Board Chair John Steen. “I think she has the ability to work with large organizations.”

Mayor Ron Nirenberg, a board member in his official capacity as mayor, will now take the recommendation to City Council, which is expected to consider Williams’ nomination on March 1.

“The board considered a diverse pool of highly qualified individuals,” Mayor Nirenberg said in a press release. “However, Terri Williams has a vision for the future of CPS Energy and a nuanced understanding of its role in this growing community.”

If approved, Williams will fill the seat currently held by Derrick Howard representing the southeast quadrant of the utility’s service area.

Governed by a five-member board of trustees, CPS Energy is a municipally owned electric and gas utility serving roughly 804,000 electric and 343,000 gas customers in the San Antonio area.

Williams, 54, has three decades of economic development experience. Prior to working for UTSA’s Institute for Economic Development, she worked in economic development roles with the City, Brooks Development Authority, and Port San Antonio.

She’s also served on multiple local boards, including the Fiesta San Antonio Commission and the San Antonio Hispanic Chamber of Commerce.

“I’m excited about the nomination,” Williams said. “With CPS being a huge part of the revenues that’s generated and assisting the City of San Antonio with projects…I look forward to making that contribution.”

Avatar photo

Brendan Gibbons

Brendan Gibbons is a former senior reporter at the San Antonio Report. He is an environmental journalist for Oil & Gas Watch.