Mr. Williams is the Xcel Energy strategy and policy adviser and program manager in the General Counsel's Office recommending and implementing Xcel's renewable energy strategy as well as public relations initiatives. He is the lead consultant for legislative, regulatory and subject matter experts throughout Xcel Energy and the broader energy industry. He is developing and executing plans to further establish Xcel Energy as a renewable energy leader and responsible for innovative financial opportunities resulting from technology advancements and environmental legislation as well as P/L improvement in Xcel's operating companies.
He returned to the private sector in 2005 in the role of Vice President for international operations at CH2M HILL in Denver, an international engineering and construction services firm with offices in 110 countries, where he was a Director in the corporation’s operations program where he managed several offices that includes the firm’s major EPC programs as well.
From 2003-05, Mr. Williams served in the U.S. Department of Defense as a Sr. Presidential Management Fellow specializing in international environmental programs with the Office of the Secretary of Defense (OSD). Before his detail at OSD, Mr. Williams worked as an Executive Director in the 1995 Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) reclamation program with the OSD-Office of Economic Adjustment. Mr Williams managed all redevelopment and environmental programs as well as construction activities associated with the $500M conversion of a closed Air Force Base into a world class technology research and business park by establishing a research to business incubator and venture capital program with Texas Tech University and the Lubbock Reese Redevelopment Authority (LRRA).
His career progression encompasses over twenty-five years of environmental engineering program management and reclamation/redevelopment including the founding and development of an environmental bioremediation and liability transfer consulting firm that he sold after 10 years in 1999. He also served as a Project Engineer assigned to the Exxon-Valdez oil spill disaster response effort in Prince Williams Sound, Alaska. His project work has taken him to most of Russia, Latin America, Europe and Asia.
Mr. Williams attended Texas Tech University, earning his Bachelor of Science in Engineering degree from the College of Engineering in 1986. In 1999, he received a Master of Business Administration from the University of Texas. In 2003, he earned another Masters degree in the Graduate School of International Studies from the University of Denver, where he also serves as an Adjunct Professor.