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Paula Gold-Williams

(Chair Pro Tem)
President and CEO
CPS Energy
San Antonio, Texas

Paula Gold-WilliamsPaula Gold-Williams joined the San Antonio Branch board in 2018.

Gold-Williams is president and CEO of CPS Energy. She has more than 30 years of leadership experience in San Antonio, including as regional controller for Time Warner’s cable and telephone regional office and vice president of finance for Luby’s, Inc. Gold-Williams served in positions of increasing responsibility at CPS Energy before taking the helm as interim CEO in 2015 and becoming permanent CEO in 2016.

She serves on the board of the Electric Power Research Institute (chair of the audit committee) and is co-chair of the Denton Smart Cities/Communities Think Tank – Energy Pillar, chair of the Keystone Policy Center, board member and treasurer of EPIcenter, and a past chair of the San Antonio Chamber of Commerce.

She also is a member of the San Antonio Economic Development Foundation board and executive committee, St. Mary’s University Board of Trustees, iEmpower advisory board and University of Texas at San Antonio School of Engineering advisory committee.

In 2020, Gold-Williams was named Woman of the Year by the San Antonio Business Journal, was honored by City Year San Antonio and was named a CEO Who “Gets It” by the National Safety Council.

Gold-Williams has an associate’s degree in fine arts from San Antonio College. She has a B.B.A. in accounting from St. Mary’s University, MBA in finance and accounting from Regis University and is a certified public accountant.

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