Government Controllers Speak

Discover how government controllers are leading the state and federal governments out of the pandemic in FEI's ForwardThinking Q2 Series.

Featured Speaker

Sherina Edwards

Sherina Edwards is the Chief Executive Officer of INTREN, the largest WBE utility contractor in the nation. In this role, Sherina is responsible for the strategic direction, human resources, marketing, operations and financial performance of a US $550M private-equity owned utility contractor with 2000 employees and 14 regional offices throughout the United States.  

Prior to INTREN, Sherina was an energy and utilities regulatory Partner at Quarles & Brady LLP where she used her solid regulatory experience including analyzing, formulating, and implementing public policy at the state level along with her knowledge on issues affecting the energy and public utility industry including grid modernization, renewables, natural gas infrastructure, cybersecurity, reliability and supplier and workforce diversity. 

Prior to joining the firm, Sherina served a five-year term on the Illinois Commerce Commission (ICC), making her the youngest commissioner ever appointed in the state of Illinois. While she served as commissioner, she was involved with the National Association for Regulatory Utility Commissioners 

(NARUC), serving as the Chair of the Subcommittee on Pipeline Safety as well as Chair of the Subcommittee on Supplier and Workforce Diversity and as a member of the Committee on Gas, with previous service on the Water Committee. 

In 2016, Sherina was appointed by President Barack Obama and U.S. Secretary of Transportation, Anthony Foxx as Co-Chair of the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Voluntary Information-Sharing System Working Group, which was created in accordance with the Pipelines Hazardous and Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) guidelines, where she provided recommendations to the Secretary of Transportation on information-sharing matters and best practices for the protection of proprietary and security-sensitive information. 

Having founded both the Women’s Energy Summit and the Women’s Energy Network of Chicago as well as having strong influence over the creation of the Illinois Utilities Business Diversity Council and the ICC’s Office of Diversity and Community Affairs, Sherina is nationally recognized for being a champion for diversity and inclusion within the utility and energy space. 

In addition to several civic boards, Sherina sits on the Board of Directors for SouthWest Water Company. Sherina is a cum laude graduate of Spelman College where she received her B.A. in Psychology and a graduated of Howard University School of Law where she was a merit scholar.