Sherina Maye Edwards is Chief Strategy Officer for MasTec (NYSE: MTZ), a $10B Fortune 500 utility infrastructure company, where she leads the evolution of the power delivery segment with multi-year strategic planning, integration and alignment across all entities, and acceleration of business results to drive growth and profitability.
Edwards is an experienced executive and corporate board member who has held a broad range of leadership roles that provide the breadth of experience and understanding required to lead innovative change. She leverages her executive, regulatory, and legal experience to bring value to the corporate boardroom no matter what hat she is wearing.
Prior to this role, Edwards served as the President and CEO of INTREN, a subsidiary of MasTec, where she led the company to a significant increase in operational efficiency, cost reductions, and safety excellence, resulting in record-breaking financial results. The company also expanded its national reach and scale, entered new markets, and grew its personnel to over 2,500 dedicated employees located throughout 12 regional offices. Most recently, she led the company through a $500M acquisition and served as the leader of the post-sale integration in addition to overseeing a buy-side acquisition of a vegetation management company.
Prior to joining INTREN, she served as an energy and utilities regulatory Partner at Quarles & Brady. Additionally, Edwards acquired extensive experience on issues impacting the energy and utility industry while serving a five-year term on the Illinois Commerce Commission (ICC) where she was charged with ensuring safe, reliable and affordable utility service to Illinois consumers.
Edwards has a unique level of regulatory experience including analyzing, formulating, and implementing public policy at the state and federal levels. She also led efforts to enhance legal education related to public utility regulation, examining new regulatory methods by which rate case expenses could be recovered to mitigate impact on ratepayers and reduce overall costs, and she is leading efforts to promote supplier diversity among investor-owned utilities.
In 2016, Edwards 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, where she provided recommendations to the Secretary of Transportation on the protection of proprietary and security-sensitive information.
Edwards is nationally recognized for championing diversity and inclusion within the utility and energy sector and her leadership led to the creation of the Illinois Utilities Business Diversity Council and the ICC’s Office of Diversity and Community Affairs.
Edwards is a graduate of Howard University’s School of Law and a cum laude graduate of Spelman College where she received her B.A. in Psychology.