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Cheryl Mele became ERCOT’s senior vice president and chief operating officer (COO) in January 2016. She oversees Grid Operations and Planning, Commercial Operations, and Governance, Risk and Compliance.

Prior to joining ERCOT, Cheryl served as deputy general manager and COO for Austin Energy, where she led its power operations, compliance and planning activities. Throughout her extensive career in the power industry, Ms. Mele’s management and executive roles have encompassed power generation and energy delivery.

A registered professional engineer in Texas, Ms. Mele has a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from Union College in Schenectady, NY and completed The Utility Executive Course at the University of Idaho. Cheryl has previously served on the boards of Texas Public Power Association, STP Nuclear Operating Company and the Rocky Mountain Electrical League and is a current member of the Austin Science Education Foundation Board.

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