Four commissioners are appointed to the Board by the Mayor with the concurrence of the City Council, in accordance with the City Charter. The Alameda City Manager also sits on the Board, as an ex officio fifth commissioner. The commissioners establish goals, approve major purchases, set direction, and create the framework for local control for the utility.
Mary Sutter, President
July 2012 - July 2016
Ms. Sutter began her career in the health field, working as an occupational therapist before attending the University of Colorado to obtain a Master of Science in Engineering, focusing on Building Systems Energy. She also holds a B.S. in Secondary Education and Masters in Higher and Adult Education from the University of Missouri-Columbia.
She has served as a committee member within the Association of Energy Service Providers, as a member of Alameda Restoration Advisory Board, and as a Governing Board member for the Alameda Community Learning Center.
September 2010 - June 2016
Commissioner Deaton began her career in health care after receiving a baccalaureate degree in nursing from the University of San Francisco and expanded into staff and leadership development as a consultant and small business owner. As a director and manager, she worked over 20 years for a health maintenance organization.
Her Masters in Public Administration with an emphasis in organization change from California State University Hayward (now East Bay) was followed by teaching in the same program while continuing her other endeavors. She also served on the City of Alameda Fiscal Sustainability Committee and as an officer and board member of the American Heart Association, California Affiliate. Areas of experience and expertise include strategic planning, project management, staff and leadership development, customer service and the identification and transfer of best practices.
Ann McCormick, P.E.
July 2013 - July 2017
Commissioner McCormick brings 25 years of energy efficiency experience to the Board. She is a founding principal of Newcomb Anderson McCormick, a San Francisco-based energy engineering and management consulting firm devoted to solving energy and sustainability issues. She was previously a vice president at EMCOR Energy Services and prior to that a senior engineer at Newcomb Anderson Associates.
Commissioner McCormick’s work has encompassed all aspects of energy efficiency engineering, renewable energy procurement, program design, regulatory filing, management, implementation, reporting, process improvement and evaluation. She is an active member of the California Energy Efficiency Industry Council (CEEIC) and numerous other professional and community organizations. She is a past president of the Bay Area Chapter of the Association of Energy Engineers (AEE) and has served for many years as a Board Member of Women Energy Associates (WEA). She also served on the Public Utilities Board from 2000 to 2010.
Ms.McCormick holds a master’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Wisconsin – Madison and a bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from Michigan State University. She is a Registered Mechanical Engineer in the State of California, a LEED Accredited Professional, and a Certified Energy Manager.
July 2015 - July 2019
Commissioner Laura Giuntini brings over 32 years of financial services experience with an extensive background in formulating strategic capital and expense plans. As a Senior Vice President at Wells Fargo, she manages teams across the United States that develop, monitor and invoke business continuity plans, conduct quality assurance reviews, and build technology platforms that support reporting and operations.
Ms. Giuntini has managed corporate real estate functions including procurement, lease administration, project accounting and warehousing.
She holds a B.S. in Managerial Economics from the University of California, Davis.
Ms. Giuntini also serves on the board of Bayside Montessori, and the What If? Foundation. She has been a member and president of school advisory boards and parent associations in Alameda and Berkeley.
Under the City Charter, City Manager Jill Keimech also serves as a Commissioner on the Public Utilities Board.
Ms Keimach was appointed by the Alameda City Council in March, 2016. Previously she was the Town Manager of Moraga for five years where she helped remodel and create new Town Offices, Council Chambers and Emergency Operations Center (EOC) and pass a one-cent sales tax to bring up the roads from ‘at risk’ to ‘good’ in less than three years. She was also the Community Development Director for the City of Fremont, leading a department with 120 professional employees and an $18M operations and $27M redevelopment budget, and managed the Building, Planning, Engineering, Civic Facilities, and Community Preservation divisions and created new streamlined development processes to make Fremont more “business-friendly” and improve how citizens worked with City staff.
Before coming to the City of Fremont, Ms Keimach spent her career working for a variety of government agencies. Her work included eight years with the Association of Bay Area Governments (ABAG) where she developed regional housing policies and researched the fiscalization of land use with communities in the North Bay. She was also the first manager of the San Francisco Bay Trail project. Additionally, she worked for the Bay Area Rapid Transit District (BART), the cities of Walnut Creek, El Cerrito, Wilmette in Illinois and a number of smaller cities in New Hampshire.
Ms Keimach received her Bachelors degree in Architecture and her Masters degree in City and Regional Planning with a minor in Transportation Planning from the University of California at Berkeley.