Former Chief Executive Officer of Peak Utility Services Group (a utility services contractor)
Ms. Schmidt was the President, co-founder and co-owner of Swan Consulting Services (a consulting company that provides strategic, regulatory and advisory services to utilities and equipment and services related businesses in the electricity and natural gas utility industry) from 2015 to 2018. Before that, she was President of ITC Great Plains and Vice President at ITC Holdings (an independent electric high voltage transmission owner and operator.
Ms. Schmidt has more than 35 years of experience in the electricity industry. Over the last 25 years, Ms. Schmidt worked primarily in the regional wholesale market arena and high voltage transmission development and regulatory policies. Ms. Schmidt has served as a FERC Commissioner advisor, addressing national policies and reforms resulting from the California energy crisis and FERC’s expanded authority from the Energy Policy Act, among other key policy issues. Ms. Schmidt also has held various senior management responsibilities for public utilities, including Xcel Energy, and served on the board of Peak Utility Services Group.
Ms. Schmidt has been a director of PG&E Corporation and Pacific Gas and Electric Company since April 2019. She was previously a member of the Western Energy Imbalance Market Governing Board, which has the primary governance responsibility and decision-making authority for the interstate wholesale energy imbalance market in the western region.