In addition to her role at CPS Energy, Paula presently serves as a Board Member of the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas – San Antonio Branch; Board Member and Chair of the Audit Committee of the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI); Board of Trustees Member of St. Mary’s University and serves on the Advisory Committee of Executives (ACE) for the Greehey School of Business; Co-Chair of the Dentons Smart Cities/Communities Think Tank – Energy Pillar; Co-Chair of the Keystone Policy Board; Board Member and Executive Committee Member of the San Antonio Economic Development Foundation (SAEDF); Board Member and Treasurer of EPIcenter; Immediate Past Chair of the San Antonio Chamber of Commerce; CEO Member of the Mayor’s Airport Evaluation Committee; Board Member of the Large Public Power Council (LPPC); Board Member of the Texas Public Power Association (TPPA); Trustee of the San Antonio Medical Foundation (SAMF); Advisory Committee Member of FM Global (an international mutual insurance company); Member of the San Antonio Business Journal (SABJ) Leadership Trust; Advisory Trustee Member of Southwest Research Institute (SwRI); Advisory Committee Member of the University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA) School of Engineering; Advisory Board Member of The Tobin Center for the Performing Arts; Advisory Board Member for iEmpower; Leadership Advisory Council Member of Haven for Hope; and Immediate Past-Chair & Executive Board Member of San Antonio Public Television Station, KLRN.
This year, Paula was awarded the inaugural Chief Trailblazer of the Year award by S&P Global Platts for her innovation and commitment to customers and her community. She was named a San Antonian who has advanced Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s dream; she was awarded the Women’s Council on Energy and the Environment (WCEE) 2019 Champion; was the United Negro College Fund’s (UNCF) Excellence in Education honoree; has been selected for the American Public Power Association (APPA) James D. Donovan Individual Achievement Award; has been selected La Prensa Texas’ San Antonio Community Leadership honoree; has been named Alamo Wings Honorary Commander and was named one of Public Utilities Fortnightly Top Innovators.
In 2018, Paula was selected as Zpryme’s “Energy Thought Summit (ETS) Thought Leader of the Year;” she received an award from the Keystone Policy Center; and the San Antonio Chamber of Commerce Tribute to Women Business Leaders Executive Award for Large Business. Further, Paula was honored with the Transparency/Accountability Award by the Fair Contracting Coalition; received the 2018 Greater San Antonio Builders Association Excellence in Leadership award; and was a Finalist for the S&P Global Platts Chief Executive of the Year award.
In 2017, Paula was inducted into the San Antonio Women’s Hall of Fame and was honored by the San Antonio Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (SAHCC) as Corporate Executive of the Year.
Additionally, Paula mentors numerous people inside and outside of CPS Energy, from college students to vice presidents.
Paula has an associate’s degree in fine arts from San Antonio College. She earned a BBA in accounting from St. Mary’s University, as well as a finance and accounting MBA from Regis University in Denver, Colorado. She is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) and a Chartered Global Management Accountant (CGMA).
Paula is married and has two daughters.