Rommel Noguera is a Director at ComEd leading the External Affairs team in the North and West Regions, where he is responsible for the strategic stakeholder relationship management and outreach of municipalities, local government, and community organizations. He has broad experience within the electric utility industry including managing regional electric distribution operations; customer operations; strategy development and implementation; and organizational effectiveness through programmatic cross-functional process improvement and change integration. Rommel has a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and a Master of Business Administration from Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management.
I first learned about Openlands about five years ago when ComEd and Openlands partnered on the Green Region program, recalls Rommel. During that time, I held a much different role at ComEd, so my awareness of Openlands was at the periphery. My first impression was that it was a very cool organization: engaging the communities in the preservation of the environment. The Green Region program, which provides grants for open space projects across northern Illinois, is one of the best partnerships ComEd has made. Forward the clock a few years and now, as a Director of External Affairs, I am able to get to directly know the communities that benefit from the program, and through that work I was reintroduced to Openlands. And now, I am very excited to get to be part of the organization.
Ever since we had our son, who is now twelve, I’ve become increasingly sensitive about the world we are leaving for our next generation. My family and I live in downtown Chicago and my son is a Chicago Public Schools student. So, I appreciate the Openlands programs that focus in the city like Birds In My Neighborhood and Space to Grow. I think it’s important to provide our city children with this access and awareness that they may not otherwise have.
Although I’ve been aware about Openlands for a few years, I’m just starting my formal involvement. The more I’ve learned about the various programs in Openlands, the more excited I am on both a professional and personal level. I look forward to visiting some of the landscape preservation projects with my family, like the Openlands Lakeshore Preserve and Midewin National Tallgrass Prairie.
- B.S. (Mechanical Engineering), University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
- M.B.A., Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management