Chairman of the Board of Directors, Gila River Indian Community Utility Authority (GRICUA)
John B. Lewis has over 10 years of professional experience with the energy and utility industry in Indian Country. His involvement centers around tribal electric utility issues and energy development with a special focus on renewable generation. Mr. Lewis is particularly interested in solutions that integrate renewables into tribal communities to create situations where the tribe receives maximum benefit in terms of economic improvement, financial stability and energy development. Mr. Lewis was the Vice President of Tribal Client Development for Avant Energy (Minneapolis, MN) whose main focus is to develop and facilitate the growth of tribal electric utilities in Indian Country. Mr. Lewis is also the current Chairman of the Board of Directors for the Gila River Indian Community Utility Authority (GRICUA) in Arizona. GRICUA is an electric utility corporation wholly-owned by the Gila River Indian Community and run by the Board as a separate corporate entity serving residential and commercial meters on the Community. Mr. Lewis also participates in the telecommunications utility industry and currently serves on Gila River’s Board of Directors for its telecom corporation at the Gila River Telecom Inc. (GRTI). Mr. Lewis has performed feasibility studies for wind and solar projects at both the facility scale and at the utility scale. He has completed analysis and feasibility studies regarding energy utility formation, development and management for tribes. He also has a substantial background in the permitting and regulatory processes that impact tribal energy development. His professional experience as a blend of both the tribal and private perspectives puts him in a very select class and unique category. Mr. Lewis attended Stanford University and studied in the Civil & Environmental Engineering Program and is an enrolled member of the Gila River Indian Community.