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Rachelle Sutherland

District 5 Candidate


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Biography

District 5 candidate Rachelle Sutherland is a Senior Product Manager at a technology company that serves the energy industry. She has more than a decade of experience in the energy industry, leading teams in innovation through technology and responsible land stewardship. In addition to her energy experience, Sutherland holds a Bachelor of Arts in Mathematics from The University of Texas at Austin and a Master of Business Administration from University of Houston with certificates in Energy Finance, Energy Investment Analysis, and Economics of the Energy Value Chain.

Dedicated to strengthening her local energy community, she co-founded the Austin chapter of the National Association of Lease and Title Analysts in 2019. Sutherland was elected to the Board of Directors and served as first Vice President in 2019 and 2020 and President in 2021. If elected to the PEC Board of Directors, Sutherland plans to embrace clean energy sources, innovative technology and forward thinking, data driven energy policies. She values the opportunity to put her skills to work to help the PEC navigate the challenges and opportunities currently facing utilities.

As a native Texan and mother of two, Sutherland is dedicated to creating a sustainable energy future for the next generations. Raised in a family grounded in a deep appreciation for nature, Sutherland and her family love to spend time outdoors camping, biking, sailing, swimming, gardening, and hiking. It’s important to her to preserve the natural treasures that she loves so that others can enjoy them in the future.

Sutherland hopes to bring fresh thinking with a renewed commitment to transparency and member engagement to the PEC District 5 board position. She wants to work collaboratively with PEC directors and fellow members to craft policies and programs that reflect the values of the community and transform PEC into a utility that is prepared for the future. Sutherland is committed to being open, inclusive, and responsive to members and their concerns and believes that PEC members should be at the heart of decision making. She understands that one of the richest benefits of collective participation is that PEC policies can be strong, able to withstand the evolving times, if we are collaborating and sharing ideas in the process of creating energy policies.