President and Chief Executive Officer
Steve Berberich is the President and Chief Executive Officer of the California Independent System Operator (ISO). The ISO is one of the world’s largest transmission organizations, managing the electric grid and wholesale power markets for 32 million Californians.
2020 marks Mr. Berberich’s fifteenth year with the ISO and his ninth year as CEO. During his tenure, he has navigated the ISO through a series of major changes underway in the energy industry. He has been instrumental in facilitating the transformation of the power grid to lower its reliance on fossil fuels, and driving energy policy to foster new ways to produce and consume electricity. Recognized as one of the nation’s 10 most influential energy leaders in 2014, Mr. Berberich has overseen the integration of more renewable energy than any other region in the world. Most recently, Mr. Berberich directed the deployment of the nation’s first Energy Imbalance Market, which welcomed several additional western states into the ISO’s bulk power markets. He is a frequent speaker nationally and internationally about the 21st century grid.
He has served in a series of executive capacities at the ISO, including Vice President of Technology, Chief Financial Officer and Chief Operating Officer. Mr. Berberich brings 35 years of experience from fields such as utility leadership, business consulting, financial services, banking and finance. He holds a bachelor’s degree in finance and a Master of Business Administration from the University of Tulsa.
In addition to having previously served on the NERC Member Representatives Committee, Mr. Berberich was a member and formerly Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Sacramento-based Jesuit High School and served on the Folsom Police Foundation Board. For 2020, Mr. Berberich will also serve as president of the GO15 transmission industry group, an organization comprised of the largest grid operators in the world.