​​​​​​​​​​​Meet the Board of Directors

At CenterPoint Energy, our board of directors and executive management team are committed to building a company that is Always There for its customers, employees and shareholders.

Wendy Montoya Cloonan

Wendy Montoya Cloonan 

Experience

  • Houston Office Managing Partner (Jan. 2023 – Present) at Cantu Harden Montoya LLP, a public law and public finance firm
  •  Founder and Sole Shareholder (Aug. 2019 – Dec. 2022) of The Law Office of Wendy Montoya Cloonan, PLLC, a public law and public finance firm based in Houston, Texas
  • Senior Program Officer in Education, Assistant General Cou​nsel and Director of Legal (Feb. 2015 – July 2019) at the Houston Endowment, Inc., a private foundation that partners with other organizations in the non-profit, public and private sectors to improve quality of life for the residents of greater Houston
  • Attorney at Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP (formerly Andrews Kurth LLP) (2013 – 2015), Schwartz, Page & Harding, L.L.P. (2011 – 2013) and Vinson & Elkins L.L.P. (2006 – 2011)

Other experience (For profit and Non-{Profit Entities)

  • Commissioner (2019 – Present), Port of Houston Authority
  • The Young Center (2020 – Present)
  • Board of the Harris County Hospital District Foundation (2021 – Present)
  • Executive Board Member, ALMAAHH: Advocate of a Latino Museum of Cultural/Visual Arts and Archive Complex Houston/Harris County (2021 – Present)
  • Houston Downtown Management District (2019 – 2022)

Earl Cummings

Earl M. Cummings 
Independent Chair of the Board

Experience

  • Managing Partner (2012 – Present) of MCM Houston Properties, LLC, a real estate fund that invests in single family residential properties in Houston, Texas
  • Served in various positions, including currently as Chief Executive Officer, at The BTS Team (1997 – Present), that started as an information technology and staffing firm providing solutions and services across various regions and evolved into a company that also invests financial resources in various industries

Other experience (For Profit and Non-Profit Entities)

Public Company

  • Halliburton Company (2022 – Present)

Other

  • Texas Children's Hospital (2022 – Present)
  • UH Energy Advisory Board (2021 – Present)
  • Board of Visitors of University of Houston (2016 – 2018)
  • Yellowstone Academy (2004 – 2017)
  • C-STEM Robotics (2002 – 2017)

Christopher Franklin

Christopher H. Franklin 

Experience

  • Chairman, Chief Executive Officer and President (2015 – Present) of Essential Utilities, Inc., a public company providing regulated utilities, including water, wastewater and natural gas, to customers in 10 states; Has served in various roles of increasing responsibilities at Essential Utilities, Inc. (f.k.a. AquaAmerica, Inc.) since 1992

Other experience (For Profit and Non-Profit Entities)

Public Company

  • Chairman, Essential Utilities, Inc. (2015 – Present)
  • ITC Holdings (2011 – 2016)

Other

  • University of Pennsylvania Board of Trustees (2015 – Present)
  • Franklin Institute of Philadelphia (2017 – Present)
David Lesar

David J. Lesar 

Experience

  • Chief Executive Officer and Director (Jan. 2023 – Present); President, Chief Executive Officer and Director (July 2020 – Dec. 2022); and Director (May 2020 – June 2020) of CenterPoint Energy, Inc.
  •  Interim Chief Executive Officer (July 2019 – June 2020) of Health Care Services Corporation, the largest privately held health insurer in the United States
  • Held various positions (1993 – 2018) of increasing responsibilities culminating in holding the position of Chairman and Chief Executive Officer (2000 – 2017) and Executive Chairman (2017 – 2018) of Halliburton Company

Other experience (For Profit and Non-Profit Entities)

Public Company

  • Executive Chairman (2017 – 2018) and Chairman (2000 – 2017), Halliburton Company
  • Agrium Inc. (2010 – 2015)
  • Lyondell Chemical Co. (2000 – 2007)
  • Mirant Corp. (2000 – 2005)
  • Southern Co. (1999 – 2000)
  • Cordant Technologies (1998 – 2000)

Other

  • Health Care Services Corporation (2018 – 2020)
David Lesar

Raquelle W. Lewis 

Experience

  • Held various positions (2008 – Present) of increasing responsibilities including the position of Southeast Texas Director of Communications & Public Information Offices (2017 – Present) of the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT), a state government organization that plans, constructs, operates and maintains Texas' integrated transportation system including highways and multimodal programs
  • Served as Special Advisor to TxDOT Executive Director and the Executive Administration (2015)
  • Held various positions (1998 – 2008) of increasing responsibilities including the position of Supervising Planner/Program Manager at Parsons Brinkerhoff, Inc., a multinational engineering and design firm that specializes in strategic consulting, planning, engineering, construction management, energy, infrastructure and community planning

Other Professional Experience and Community Involvement

  • National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) – Houston Branch
  • WTS International
  • Leadership Women, Inc.

David Lesar

Thaddeus J. Malik

Experience

  • Principal (2022 - Present) at S2T Solutions, LLC, a transactional advisory services company
  • Partner (2010 - 2022) at Paul Hastings, LLP, a global law firm
  • Partner (2002 - 2010) at Jenner & Block, LLP, a global law firm
  • Vice President and General Counsel (2000 - 2002) at Lante Corporation, a former publicly traded technology consulting company

Other experience (For profit and Non-Profit Entities)

  • Health Care Service Corporation (2019 - Present)
  • President and board member of The First Tee of Greater Chicago (Present)
  • Illinois PGA Foundation (Present)
  • The TimeLine Company (Present)

Martin Nesbitt Martin H. Nesbitt

Experience

  • Co-Chief Executive Officer (2013 – Present) of The Vistria Group, LLC, a Chicago-based investment firm focused on the education, healthcare and financial services industries
  • Chief Executive Officer (1996 – 2012) of PRG Parking Management (known as The Parking Spot), an owner and operator of off-airport parking facilities

Other experience (For Profit and Non-Profit Entities)

Public Company

  • American Airlines Group (2015 – Present)
  • Chewy, Inc. (2020 – Present)
  • Jones Lang LaSalle (2011 – 2020)
  • Norfolk Southern Corp. (2013 – 2019)

Other

  • Chairman, Barack Obama Foundation (2013 – Present)
  • Trustee, Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago

R.A. Walker Theodore F. Pound

Experience

  • Private Investor and Attorney (2016 – Present)
  • Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary (2013 – 2016) at Select Energy Services, LLC, a private company providing water solutions and well-site services to energy producers
  • Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary (2004 – 2011) at Allis-Chalmers Energy, Inc., a publicly traded oilfield services company

Phillip R. Smith

Ricky A. Raven 

Experience

  • Senior Vice President and Deputy General Counsel (Aug. 2021 - Present) at Allstate Insurance Company, a publicly traded property and casualty insurer
  • Partner (March 2013 - Aug. 2021) at Reed Smith, LLP, an international law firm

Other experience (For Profit and Non-Profit Entities)

  • National Judicial College Board of Directors (2022- Present)
  •  International Academy of Trial Lawyers Board of Directors (2022-Present)
  • University of Houston Board of Regents (2021 - Present)
  • Southwestern University Board of Trustees (2015 - Present)
  • City of Houston Civil Service Commission (1999 - Present) - Previously serving as the Commissioner of the City of Houston Civil Service Commission
Phillip R. Smith

Phillip R. Smith 

Experience

  • Chief Financial Officer (2023 – Present) and previously President and Chief Executive Officer (2019 – 2022) of Marathon-Sparta Holdings, Inc., a private company involved in non-healthcare related employee benefits programs and affiliated through common ownership with Torch Energy Advisor Inc.
  • President and Chief Executive Officer (2013 – 2019) of Torch Energy Advisor Inc., a private energy company with interests in oil, gas and renewable energy, including the development of wind and solar renewable projects
  • Partner (2002 – 2012) at KMPG LLP, a global network of professional firms providing audit, tax and advisory services

Other experience (For Profit and Non-Profit Entities)

  • Health Care Service Corporation (2021 – Present
  • Oilstone Energy Services, Inc. (2014 – 2016)
     
Barry Smitherman

Barry T. Smitherman 

Experience

  • President and principal attorney (2017 – Present) of Barry Smitherman, P.C., a law firm specializing in water, electricity and natural gas
  • Managing Partner (2017 – Present) of Smitherman + Associates, a firm providing consulting services to energy infrastructure-related entities
  • Adjunct Professor (2016 – Present) at The University of Texas School of Law
  •  Partner (2015 – 2017) at Vinson & Elkins LLP, an international law firm
  • Managing Director and National Head of Tax-Exempt Securities (1999 – 2002), Banc One Capital Markets (later acquired by J.P. Morgan)

Other experience (For Profit and Non-Profit Entities)

Public Company

  •  NRG Energy, Inc. (2017 – 2018)

Other

  • Chairman and President, Texas Geothermal Energy Alliance (2022 – Present)
  • Chairman, Brookwood in Georgetown (2018 – Present)
  • Centric Infrastructure Group, LLC (2019 – 2021)
  •  Chairman (2012 – 2014) and Commissioner (2011 – 2014), Railroad Commission of Texas
  • National Association of Regulatory Utility Commission (2011 – 2014)
  • Southern States Energy Board (2011 – 2013)
  •  Member, Interstate Oil and Gas Compact Commission (2011 – 2013)
  •  Southwest Power Pool (SPP) Regional State Committee (2008 – 2011)
  •  Member, U.S. Department of Energy Electricity Advisory Committee (2008 – 2011)
  • Vice-Chair, Texas Advisory Panel on Federal Environmental Regulations (2008 – 2009)
  • Chairman (2007 – 2011) and Commissioner (2004 – 2011), Public Utility Commission of Texas
  • Electric Reliability Council of Texas (2007 – 2011)
  • Member, Texas Public Finance Authority (2002 – 2004)