Jelynne LeBlanc Burley is the President and Chief Executive Officer of The Center for Health Care Services (CHCS), the mental health authority for Bexar County. Opened in 1966, CHCS has an operating budget of almost $100 million and over 1,100 skilled and compassionate team members who help people find the solutions they need to live healthy and productive lives. CHCS works with children and families at 31 locations around Bexar County, providing them with the resources and support they need to make their life better. CHCS’ mission is to share hope and support recovery with a full spectrum of innovative services that promote healing and help people live life to their full potential.
Burley brings over 33 years of leadership experience with complex governmental organizations to the position. She previously served as the Executive Vice President and Chief Delivery Officer for CPS Energy, the largest municipally owned electric and gas provider in the nation, where she led a team of 1,853 employees and managed an operational budget of $158 million and a capital budget of $304 million. She led the organization with a customer-focused approach to service delivery and brought about technological, operational and cultural enhancements. During her tenure with CPS, Burley served as the Acting General Manager and helped build public trust and stakeholder relationships, re-established a stable outlook with the bond rating agencies, and secured unanimous City Council approval for a new rate structure.
Prior to that, Burley served as Deputy City Manager for Planning and Development with the City of San Antonio, with oversight for departments of Economic Development, Development Services, International Relations, Comprehensive Planning, Housing and Community Development, Public Works, Parks & Recreation, Code Compliance and the City Council Action Team. During her 24 years with the city, Burley helped develop many economic and cultural development projects across the city, such as the Alamodome, the expansion of the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center and the renovation of the Carver Community Cultural Center. Key economic development projects include Toyota Motor Manufacturing Plant, Rackspace Corporate Relocation, Texas A&M University, San Antonio Campus and over half a billion in capital improvement projects across the City of San Antonio.
In addition to her public executive level leadership, Burley is a Director for NuStar GP Holdings, LLC (NYSE: NSH), which owns general partner and limited partner interests in NuStar Energy – a leader in the petroleum pipeline and terminal industry with terminal and storage facilities in the U.S., Canada, Mexico, the Netherlands, including St. Eustatius in the Caribbean, and the United Kingdom.
Burley is also actively involved with a wide range of professional and nonprofit organizations, including the International City Management Association (ICMA); CHRISTUS Santa Rosa Board of Directors; Children’s Hospital of San Antonio (CHRISTUS) Board of Directors; San Antonio Medical Foundation Board; Texas Public Radio Board of Directors; Girl Scouts of Southwest Texas, Secretary, Board of Directors; and United Way of San Antonio, Executive Committee. In April of 2017, Burley was sworn in as the President of the National Forum for Black Public Administrators.
A native of Louisiana, Burley holds a bachelor of arts in political science from Southern University, a master of arts in urban studies from Trinity University and a Construction Executive Certification from Texas A&M University.