As a Former Commissioner, Sherina Edwards safeguarded the rights of Illinois’s citizens by mediating and resolving disputes that arise with utility, telecommunication and transportation service providers, developing rules for consumer protection and safety, and educating and disseminating information on utility issues. Committed to advancing inclusion and diversity, Edwards instituted the Office of Diversity and Community Affairs within the ICC to support the Commission’s commitment to greater access to utility procurement contracts for small businesses owned by women, minorities and veterans. Beyond the Commission, her founding of the Women’s Energy Summit—an annual forum for women leaders in energy to discuss issues in the industry—has stimulated and amplified women participation in the industry at all corporate levels. Sherina is currently a Partner in the Energy Practice at Quarles & Brady LLP where she focuses her practice on electric reliability, water, natural gas and critical infrastructure issues. An energy professional with solid regulatory experience which includes analyzing, formulating, and implementing public policy at the state level, she brings a wealth of knowledge on issues affecting the energy and public utility industry including grid modernization, natural gas infrastructure, cybersecurity, reliability and supplier and workforce diversity. On fellowship to Australia and South Africa, Edwards observed women leaders in the renewable energy space, identified best practices and developed strategies to increase both the participation of women in the energy sector and the shift to renewable energy in the U.S.


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