Cheryl Mele

As a leader in the electric industry for more than 30 years, Cheryl Mele was at the forefront of its transformation into a smarter, more efficient, and more renewable grid. 

Most recently, Cheryl was the interim vice president of regulatory affairs for Austin Energy where she also served for 25 years as deputy general manager and chief operating officer of the nation’s seventh-largest publicly owned electric utility. 

In between those tenures, she was the senior vice president and chief operating officer for the Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT), a membership-based nonprofit corporation that manages the flow of electric power to more than 26 million Texas customers. There, she was responsible for all aspects of transmission operations and planning, energy market operations, compliance, and cybersecurity. 

Cheryl started her career at General Electric in the Power Systems division. 

Her current nonprofit community service includes serving on the boards of the Association of Women in Energy, the Austin Science Education Foundation, and the Boy Scouts of America Capital Area Council. She also is an advisory member to Pecan Street Inc. 

Cheryl is a mechanical engineering graduate of Union College, Schenectady, NY, and is registered professional engineer in Texas. She attended the Utility Executive course at University of Idaho. 

Her decades of C-level experience with electric utilities are a major asset to SPI’s Consulting Team.