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September 18, 2019


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Governance & Committees
California ISO Seeks Stakeholder Participation in Board Nominee Review Committee


In accordance with the California ISO Board Selection Policy, the ISO is organizing the Board Nominating Review Committee that will be responsible for nominating candidates for the ISO Board of Governors. The committee consists of six stakeholder sectors outlined below. The ISO is activating the committee and is seeking stakeholder participation.


The committee is comprised of six stakeholders from each of the following member-class sectors: end-users and retail energy providers, public interest groups, transmission owners, transmission-dependent utilities, generators and marketers, and alternative energy providers. Each sector is responsible for selecting its own six members to serve on the committee.


Stakeholders interested in participating must send their contact information by Sept. 30, 2020, to the sector lead of the member class sector that best represents the stakeholder.


An outline of the board nominee selection process can be found in the Board Selection Policy, available at


The following steps will be taken for the nomination: 

  • The professional search firm of Heidrick & Struggles will create a list of at least four qualified candidates for each Board seat set to expire on Dec. 31, 2020.
  • The list of qualified candidates will be forwarded to the 36 member committee, which is comprised of six stakeholders from each of the six member-class sectors.
  • Based on inputs from the committee, Heidrick & Struggles will submit a recommendation of candidates to the ISO for transmittal to the Governor's office.


Member-Class Sector Contacts


To streamline communication between the ISO, the committee, and Heidrick & Struggles, each ISO member-class sector is represented by a sector lead who has accepted the ISO's invitation to serve in that capacity. The list of contacts is below.


Member-Class Sector




End user and retail energy providers (e.g. load-serving entities that do not own transmission or distribution assets)

Beth Vaughan



Public interest groups (consumer advocates, environmental groups, and citizen participation)

Rebecca Wagner




Transmission owners (vertically integrated utilities and merchant transmission owners)

Eric Eisenman



Transmission dependent utilities

Barry Moline



Generators and marketers



Jan Smutny-Jones




Alternative energy producers (e.g. distributed generation, demand response technologies, and renewable energy)

Kevin Lynch





Recommendations for Board member candidates to be considered in the nominee search process must be submitted by Oct. 15, 2020, directly to Kay Fuhrman, Partner and Leader, Power & Utilities, Heidrick & Struggles. Kay can be reached at or 214-706-7781.



Quentin Foster at or 916-936-6677

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