Chuck Caisley, Vice President, Marketing and Public Affairs, Great Plains Energy and KCP&L
As vice president of Marketing and Public Affairs, Chuck Caisley leads the Energy Solutions and Public Affairs areas with responsibility for the company's small-scale generation projects, energy products and services platform, energy efficiency and demand response portfolio, community and customer strategy and communications, marketing, economic development, governmental affairs and public relations functions. He joined KCP&L in 2007 as director of Governmental Affairs.
Prior to joining KCP&L, he was president of the Missouri Energy Development Association, the trade association for Missouri's investor-owned natural gas, water and electric utilities. In 2004, Mr. Caisley served as both the chief of staff and top political advisor to Missouri House Speaker Catherine Hanaway -- the first woman Speaker of the Missouri House. During his tenure, he was instrumental in passing several landmark pieces of legislation, including tort, nursing home and foster care reform, and increased life-sciences research funding.
Actively involved in the community, Mr. Caisley serves as treasurer of the board of directors and a member of the executive committee of the Kansas City Area Development Council (KCADC). He also is the chairman of the Kansas City Zoo board of directors and a member of the Kansas City Missouri Environmental Protection Committee. In addition, Mr. Caisley currently serves as chairman of the board of directors for Missouri Employers Mutual, a workers' compensation mutual insurance company located in Columbia, Mo.
Mr. Caisley is the former chairman of the Missouri Energy Council, a former member of the Missouri House of Representatives Reapportionment Commission, the former chairman of the Kansas City Zoological Tax District Commission and a former member of the board of directors of Hope House and Kansas City LISC.
He graduated with honors from the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign with a Bachelor's degree in political science. He has also earned a Juris Doctorate degree from St. Louis University School of Law and a Master of Business Administration from Washington University in St. Louis.