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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

Governor Donald L. Carcieri nominated Paul J. Roberti for appointment to the Public UtilitiesCommission for a six-year term expiring March 1, 2015.


Prior to his appointment, Mr. 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 has been involved in hundreds of proceedings involving public utility and energy matters before the Rhode Island Public Utilities Commission, the Rhode Island Energy Facility Siting Board, the Rhode Island Supreme Court and the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC). In representing the interests of Rhode Island ratepayers and residents, Mr. Roberti played a key role in preventing the siting of a proposed liquefied natural gas terminal in Providence. He spearheaded the burial of high-voltage transmission lines along the Providence and East Providence waterfronts to enhance economic development opportunities and preserve parklands. Mr Roberti saved an estimated $250 million for Rhode Island's electric ratepayers by securing concessions in a FERC-approved settlement agreement that authorized implementation of the Forward Capacity Market in New England. He played a pivotal role in a rate settlement associated with National Grid's consolidation of Rhode Island's largest electric distribution companies, an agreement which yielded a $13 million rate reduction, a five-year rate freeze and the state's acquisition of 260 acres of pristine land on Narragansett Bay.

Commissioner Roberti received a Bachelor of Arts degree from the College of the Holy Cross and a Juris Doctor degree from Suffolk University Law School, graduating Cum Laude, and is a member of the Rhode Island Bar Association. 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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