About Our Speakers:
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 30 million Californians.
2016 marks Mr. Berberich’s eleventh year with the ISO and his fifth year as CEO. During his tenure, he has navigated the ISO through a series of major changes underway in the energy industry. He is a key voice in transforming 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, 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 five additional western states into the ISO’s bulk power markets.
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 more than 25 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.
KAREN EDSON has nearly 40 years of experience in and around government with a focus on energy and environmental issues. After several years as a legislative aide and state agency government affairs director, she was appointed to the California Energy Commission where she served until early 1984. She later founded a consulting firm that represented industrial firms with combined heat and power, other independent power producers, and electric vehicle interests. After a short respite from consulting, she joined the California Independent System Operator in 2005 as Vice-President of Policy and Client Services.