(San Antonio) – The list of 18 potential Board of Trustees for CPS Energy has been whittled down to one - Terri L. Williams, Director SBDC Procurement Technical Assistance Center at the University of Texas at San Antonio’s Institute for Economic Development. Terri brings a great deal of qualifications to the CPS Energy Board.
Williams is a former director of economic development for the Brooks Development Authority, a position she left in 2010, and a former economic development manager at the city of San Antonio. “I felt that I had strength as it pertains to organizational leadership, and I’ve been a member of the San Antonio community since I was 5 years old,” Williams said in an interview Monday. She is Chairperson of the South Central Texas Regional Certification Agency (SCTRCA), a member of the Texas Economic Development Council, the International Economic Development Council, the Board of Directors of the San Antonio Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, the Legislative Affairs Committee of the Greater San Antonio Chamber of Commerce, and the Association of Procurement Technical Assistance Centers Board of Directors as Region 8 Director. Terri holds the qualification Certified Economic Developer from the International Economic Development Council.
Williams was recently recognized in 2017 by San Antonio’s Hispanic Chamber of Commerce as one of the 8th Annual Women’s Award recipient.
Likewise, near and dear to this newspaper’s heart, Terri was one of the architects of the Fair Contractor Coalition Report Card, where public agencies received a letter-grade from mostly minority chambers of commerce with respect to how are the agencies doing business with small, minority, women and Veteran businesses. On the 2016 Report Card, CPS Energy earned a D grade. Perhaps with a new CEO Paul Gold-Williams, and now acquiring Terri Williams will enable CPS to rebound and improve this grade. If anyone knows business, and minority business, Terri Williams is one of the best in San Antonio. She is a fighter for minority business as seen in the photo where she was briefing the audience on the Report Card.
Williams is trying to fill trustee position currently held by Derrick Howard, who termed out of CPS’ board at the end of January after a decade of service. The City Council will meet on Thursday, February 8, 2018 to vote on the recommendation. The meeting is open to the public to attend.