J. Calvin Crowder


Calvin Crowder is president and CEO of GridLiance, an independent transmission company that partners with electric cooperatives, municipal utilities, and others to unlock the financial value of existing transmission assets and invest in transmission projects. Crowder is responsible for the strategic vision and overall business operation of GridLiance as it invests in transmission infrastructure and plans for the future and improves the reliability of the grid.

With nearly 30 years of electric utility experience, Crowder was named president and CEO of GridLiance in 2017. Previously, he served as the president of GridLiance South Central, the company’s subsidiary, overseeing business development in the Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT), Midcontinent Independent System Operator (MISO) South, and New Mexico electric regions.

Before joining the company, Crowder held several roles of increasing responsibility at American Electric Power, one of the largest electric utilities in the United States, rising to the rank of executive director. In 2007, he was named president of Electric Transmission Texas, LLC (ETT), a jointly owned subsidiary of American Electric Power (AEP) and Berkshire Hathaway Energy. There, he oversaw the growth of ETT, which constructs, owns, and operates transmission facilities as a regulated utility within ERCOT, to $3 billion in assets.

Prior to working at AEP, Crowder held a variety of executive and policy leadership roles at Central and South West Corporation. He began his career in the electric utility industry at Central Power and Light Company in Corpus Christi, Texas.

Crowder earned a Bachelor of Arts in economics and a Master of Arts in regulatory economics from New Mexico State University. He serves on the advisory board of the Gulf Coast Power Association, the Irving–Las Colinas Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, and the Executive Board of Directors for Big Brothers and Big Sisters Lone Star. Previously, he served on the board of the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Central and South Texas.