Brad C. Jones
President & CEO
Brad Jones leads the New York Independent System Operator (NYISO), which operates New York’s high-voltage transmission system, manages the state’s competitive wholesale electricity markets, and conducts comprehensive power system planning. Mr. Jones’ strategic initiatives for the NYISO include analysis and planning for carbon pricing, electricity storage, distributed renewables modeling and other future-grid technologies.
Mr. Jones joined the NYISO in 2015 as a distinguished energy industry executive with over 30 years of experience in grid and power plant operations, generation development, project finance, wholesale and retail market design, and regulatory and legislative affairs. He has served in executive roles with the Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT), Luminant and TXU Corporation.
Mr. Jones holds a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Texas Tech University and a M.B.A. from the University of Texas at Arlington.
Doug L. Chapman
Vice President & CIO
Doug Chapman leads the Information Technology group, delivering reliable, innovative products and services to our evolving wholesale electricity markets. Mr. Chapman is also responsible for ensuring system compliance with the NYISO’s federal tariff governance and oversight of communications, facilities and enterprise security.
Mr. Chapman joined the NYISO in 2015 and has over three decades of experience in the electric utility industry. He has held key leadership roles with the Mid-Continent Independent Transmission System Operator (MISO), National Grid, and Niagara Mohawk.
He earned a M.S. in Computer Engineering from Syracuse University and a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Buffalo.
Richard J. Dewey
Executive Vice President
Rich Dewey leads the System Planning, Information Technology and Market Structures organizations of the NYISO in proactively addressing the evolving challenges of the industry.
Mr. Dewey joined the NYISO in 2000 and has held several pivotal executive roll in Product and Project Management, Strategic Software Development and Quality Assurance. Previously, he spent several years in IT and Network Services for Husky Injection Molding Systems and Niagara Mohawk Power Corporation.
He earned a B.S. in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Clarkson University, a M.S. in Computer Engineering from Syracuse University, and is a graduate of Harvard Business School’s General Management Program.
Robert E. Fernandez
Executive Counsel & CCO
Robert Fernandez serves as the NYISO’s Chief Legal and Compliance Officer and oversees the company’s legal, regulatory, and compliance strategy. He advises the NYISO’s Board of Directors and Senior Leadership Team on federal, state, and local legal issues affecting the company and administers the NYISO’s Corporate Compliance Program. Mr. Fernandez has over 30 years’ experience in the energy sector.
Prior to joining the NYISO in 2000, Mr. Fernandez served as Vice President and Chief Regulatory Counsel for Sithe Energies, Inc., a NYC-based independent power producer. He also served as Senior Specialist Attorney at Long Island Lighting Company, and was associated with the NYC law firm of Cullen and Dykman. Mr. Fernandez began his legal career as a trial attorney with the Internal Revenue Service.
Mr. Fernandez holds a B.A. from Stony Brook University, a J.D. from Brooklyn Law School, and an LL.M. in taxation from New York University School of Law.
Senior VP & COO
Rick Gonzales leads the NYISO's efforts in ensuring reliable, efficient Electricity Market Operations and Grid Reliability Operations.
Mr. Gonzales has been with the NYISO since its inception in 1999, and the New York Power Pool which preceded it from 1987. His three plus decades of experience in the electric industry, primarily in power control center and energy market operations encompass a considerable understanding of the energy industry overall.
He earned a B.S. and M.S. in Electrical Engineering from Clarkson University and is a graduate of Harvard Business School’s Executive Management Program. Mr. Gonzales also serves as a board member for the Northeast Power Coordinating Council.
Cheryl L. Hussey
Vice President & CFO
Cheryl Hussey leads the NYISO’s accounting and financial reporting functions, budget development and oversight, treasury management, procurement and contract administration, corporate credit management and customer settlements. In addition, she is responsible for the design and administration of NYISO’s corporate compensation and benefits programs, performance management process and talent acquisition.
Ms. Hussey joined the NYISO in 2008 and spent over 10 years before that, in key leadership roles at Albany Medical Center.
She is a Certified Public Accountant and earned a B.S. in Accounting from the State University of New York at Geneseo.
VP, External Affairs
Kevin Lanahan leads the NYISO’s Government, Stakeholder and Member Services; Regulatory Affairs; Media Relations; and Corporate Communications departments.
Mr. Lanahan has 20 years of experience in the energy industry and has provided strategic vision and leadership in his previous positions working for Con Edison, JPMorgan Chase & Co., National Grid, and for the Majority Leader of the NYS Assembly.
He earned B.A. in English and Political Science from SUNY Oneonta and an M.B.A. from Norwich University. He is also a graduate of the Harvard Business School and Con Edison’s Executive Management programs.
Senior VP, Market Structures
Rana Mukerji is responsible for the Market Design, Product and Project Management, Strategic and Business Planning, Research and Development, and Market Training teams.
Mr. Mukerji joined the NYISO in 2006. Previously, he spent several years as a global leader for ABB’s Utility T&D Services, Asset Management and Consulting businesses in North Carolina and Zurich. He also played a key role as General Manager for GE’s Power Systems Energy Consulting firm.
He earned a B.S in Electrical Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology, a M.S. in Electric Power Engineering and a M.B.A. from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. He is also a graduate of Harvard Business School’s Advanced Management Program. Mr. Mukerji is also a NY registered Professional Engineer.
VP, Market Operations
Emilie Nelson leads the Market Operations team with responsibility for the administration of the wholesale electricity markets. Ms. Nelson oversees the capacity market, energy market and demand response areas that serve a critical role in the reliability of NY’s electrical grid.
Ms. Nelson joined the NYISO in 2004. She has over fifteen years of experience in the power industry and worked for several years in power generation.
She earned a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Tufts University and an M.B.A. from Pace University.
Zachary G. Smith
VP, System Resource Planning
Zach Smith is responsible for the oversight and implementation of system planning and strategic initiatives for the New York State Transmission System. These include ensuring a reliable electric grid for the future, identifying economic opportunities for transmission investment beneficial to ratepayers, and implementation of system upgrades to enable public policies. Mr. Smith also oversees the interconnection process through which renewable resources and other new generation technologies reliably connect to the New York State electric grid.
Since joining the NYISO in 2004, Mr. Smith has spearheaded numerous renewable integration and transmission planning initiatives through key positions of increasing responsibility, and he actively represents the NYISO on Interregional Coordination Committees.
He earned B.S. and M.S. degrees in Electrical Engineering from Michigan Technological University.
Wesley J. Yeomans
Wes Yeomans leads the Grid Reliability and Operations team, which is responsible for ensuring the bulk power grid and wholesale energy markets reliably and efficiently respond to the needs of New Yorkers, every minute of every day.
Mr. Yeomans joined the NYISO in 2009 and has over 30 years of experience working in the bulk power industry. He previously worked for National Grid and Niagara Mohawk Power, serving in operations and business development.
He earned a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from Clarkson University and an M.B.A. from Syracuse University.
Diane L. Egan
Secretary to the Board of Directors
Diane Egan has been with the NYISO since its inception in 1999 and held key positions at the New York Power Pool that preceded it. She brings over 40 years of energy industry and experience to her role which includes Executive Assistant to the NYISO CEOs and as Secretary to the Board.