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Meet the Commissioners

Chairperson Margaret Curran

Margaret Ellen (Meg) Curran was appointed to Chair the Commission by Governor Lincoln Chafee in June 2013.

Margaret Curren Ms. Curran had served as United States Attorney (District of Rhode Island) from 1998 to 2003, previously serving as Assistant US Attorney. She was most recently a member of the Rhode Island Parole Board, and is currently Chair of the Rhode Island health benefits exchange Advisory Board. (HealthSource RI).  

Chairperson Curran has a B.A. in Biology from the University of Pennsylvania and an M.S. in Anthropology from Purdue University. Ms. Curran received her J.D., with high honors, from the University of Connecticut School of Law. She was Editor-in-Chief of the Connecticut Law Review. After graduation, she clerked for the Honorable Bruce M. Selya, in the United States District Court for the District of RI. She subsequently clerked for the Honorable Thomas J. Meskill, who was then on the Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. She has also been in private practice and served as Adjunct Professor of Law at the Roger Williams University School of Law, which would later award her an Honorary Doctor of Laws degree in 2003. In 2004, she received the John H. Chafee Memorial History Maker Award for Service.

Ms. Curran is a member of the American Law Institute and an advisor on the Model Penal Code: Sentencing Project. She is a member of the First Circuit Court of Appeals Rules Advisory Committee. She also belongs to the National Association of Former United States Attorneys and Bat Conservation International. Since 2008, Ms. Curran has also been a member of the Board of Directors of the Institute for the Study & Practice of Nonviolence.


Commissioner Paul J. Roberti


Paul J. Roberti was appointed to the Rhode Island Public Utilities Commission on May 7, 2009 and received unanimous consent by the Senate on June 24, 2009.

Prior to his appointment, Commissioner Roberti served for 17 years in the Rhode Island Attorney General's Office, most recently as Assistant Attorney General and Chief of the Regulatory Unit. In that capacity, he was involved in hundreds of proceedings involving public utility, environmental and energy matters before federal and state agencies, including appellate proceedings before the Rhode Island Supreme Court, the federal district courts, and the U.S. Court of Appeals.  

Commissioner Roberti currently serves in various capacities within the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners (NARUC), including his current role as Chairman of the Subcommittee on Pipeline Safety, where he leads the States’ efforts to advance pipeline safety and infrastructure replacement in the gas industry.  In 2013, he was appointed by U.S. Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz to the Department of Energy’s Electricity Advisory Committee (EAC), where he serves on the EAC’s Subcommittee on Storage.  He is a member of the Board of Directors of NARUC and the National Regulatory Research Institute.  He also serves as Chairman of the Advisory Council for the New Mexico State University Center for Public Utilities.

Commissioner Roberti received his Bachelor of Arts degree from the College of the Holy Cross and a Juris Doctorate from Suffolk University Law School.  He is a member of the Rhode Island, Massachusetts and Florida Bar Associations.  Commissioner Roberti resides in North Kingstown with his wife and three children.


Commissioner Herbert F. DeSimone, Jr.

Herbert F. DeSimone, Jr. was appointed to the Commission by Governor Lincoln Chafee In June, 2013.

Prior to his appointment, Commissioner DeSimone had been in private practice of law since 1981, and was partner at DeSimone and & Leach since 1987. He had appeared before every state court in Rhode Island, the U.S. District Court and argued appeals before the Rhode Island Supreme Court, and the U.S. Court of Appeals.

In addition, he served as Assistant City Solicitor in Providence (1981-1984) and Assistant Solicitor in Jamestown (2001-2003).



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