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Chairperson Margaret Curran

Margaret Ellen (Meg) Curran was appointed to the Public Utilities Commission, as Chairperson, in June of 2013 by Governor Lincoln D. Chafee. Her term runs through February 2019.

Chairperson Curran previously served as United States Attorney in Rhode Island. Before becoming US Attorney, she was an Assistant US Attorney in Rhode Island for many years. She has also served as an adjunct professor at the Roger Williams University School of Law and has been a trial lawyer in private practice in Providence.

Chairperson Curran received her JD, with high honors, from the University of Connecticut School of Law and was Editor-in-Chief of the Connecticut Law Review. She clerked on the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, for Judge Thomas J. Meskill, and for the United States District Court for the District of Rhode Island, for Judge Bruce M. Selya. Chairperson Curran holds a BA in biology from the University of Pennsylvania and an MS in Anthropology from Purdue University.

Throughout her career, Chairperson Curran has served on a number of public and nonprofit boards and held membership with various institutes and societies. She was a member of the Rhode Island Parole Board; a member of the Board of Directors of the Institute for the Study and Practice of Nonviolence; and served as Chair of the Rhode Island Health Benefits Exchange Advisory Board, now part of HealthSource RI. Chairperson Curran has also served on the boards of the Rhode Island Zoological Society, serving several terms as Chair; the Rhode Island Audubon Society; and the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Rhode Island Chapter.  She is an elected member of the American Law Institute and serves as an advisor on the Institute’s Model Penal Code Sentencing Project, a member of the First Circuit Court of Appeals Rules Advisory Committee, and a member of the First Circuit Gender Bias Task Force.  She has been a member and officer of the Roger Williams American Inn of Court and is a longtime member of Bat Conservation International.

For her exemplary service, Chairperson Curran has received a number of honors and awards, including an Honorary Doctor of Laws degree from the Roger Williams University School of Law, the John H. Chafee Memorial History Maker Award for Service, and honors from Common Cause of Rhode Island and Justice Assistance.

 

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.  During his time of service, he represented the State during the landmark restructuring and deregulation of the electric, gas and telecommunications industries, including proceedings involving the merger and consolidation of investor-owned electric companies in Rhode Island and the federal licensing proceedings for two separate proposals for liquefied natural gas (LNG) import terminals in Providence, RI and Fall River, MA. 

 

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 modernization in the gas industry.  He is a former Vice Chairman of NARUC’s Gas Committee.  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.  Secretary Moniz reappointed him to a second term on the EAC in June, 2015.  Commissioner Roberti is a member of the Board of Directors of NARUC and the National Regulatory Research Institute. He is also a member of the Gas Technology Institute’s Public Interest Advisory Committee and the Advisory Council for New Mexico State University’s Center for Public Utilities where he served as Chairman from 2013-15.

During his term, Commissioner Roberti has served as an energy policy advisor to the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) on international missions aimed at advancing energy markets, integration of renewables and energy efficiency in number of Eastern European, African and Caribbean nations.  He is a member of the International Confederation of Energy Regulators.

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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