Jeff Sterba, Chairman, Retired President and Chief Executive Officer, American Water and Retired Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer, PNM Resources

Jeff Sterba has spent 38 years in the energy and water fields, 14 as a CEO.  He served as President and Chief Executive Officer of American Water during 2010-2014, the largest publicly traded water resources company in North America. Prior to that, he was Chairman and CEO of PNM Resources, an energy utility and parent company of Public Service Company of New Mexico (PNM), Texas-New Mexico Power (TNMP), and First Choice Power during the 2000-2010 period.  From 1998-2000, he served as Executive Vice President of United States Enrichment Corporation (USEC), a global energy company headquartered in Maryland.  He returned to PNM as CEO in 2000, where he had previously served in a number of positions thru 1998, including Executive Vice-President and COO, from the time he joined PNM in 1977 as a summer intern.

Mr. Sterba served as Chairman of EEI, the trade association for U.S. electric utilities, EPRI, the international technology and research arm for the electric industry and other organizations involved in international and regional energy and environmental issues. He served on the board of directors for the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, chairman of a regional chamber, and many civic and cultural organizations.  He is the recipient of the Keystone Leadership in Energy Award and numerous other leadership and civic awards.

In addition to serving on the Meridian Institute board, he  is or has served on the boards of American Water, PNM Resources, Optim Energy, The Keystone Center  and the Advisory Board for Angeleno Group, a private equity fund investing in leading energy and water ideas.

Mr. Sterba attended Washington University in St. Louis where he graduated Summa Cum Laude with a bachelor's in economics. Mr. Sterba conducted post-graduate work in economics at Washington University and was accepted as a Ph.D. candidate at the University of Chicago.