Kera leads development and implementation of key workstreams and cross-cutting enablers that leverage Houston’s energy leadership to accelerate global solutions for a low-carbon future as Senior Director of the Houston Energy Transition Initiative (HETI) at The Greater Houston Partnership. Her work has a particular focus on industrial decarbonization, power management, and advanced recycling for circular economy. She identifies opportunities for Houston to lead the world in decarbonizing high-emitting and hard-to-abate sectors with minimal impact on the regional power grid.
Prior to joining the Partnership, Kera held technical and leadership roles within the global energy industry, including leading and managing projects around the world for Chevron. Her most recent role as an industry consultant combined her upstream project development expertise and track record of success in strategic relationship management to advise private equity clients on M&A projects and conduct audits and evaluations of key regulatory and governance reporting obligations.
Kera holds M.S. and B.S. degrees in Geology from Louisiana State University, along with energy, sustainability and leadership certifications from Columbia, Wharton, and AAPG. She is Co-President of the Houston Chapter of Ellevate Network, an advisory board member of Decarb Connect North America, a contributor to several City of Houston Sustainability & Resilience working groups and has previously served as Global Chair of the Communities Council & Manager of the Mentoring Program for Lean In Energy.