National Regulatory Research Institute elects Rhode Island commissioner as Board of Directors chair

Published on December 18, 2019 by Kevin Randolph

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The National Regulatory Research Institute (NRRI), the research arm for the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners (NARUC), recently elected Commissioner Marion Gold of the Rhode Island Public Utilities Commission as chair of its Board of Directors.

NRRI also elected Nevada Public Utility Commission Executive Director Stephanie Mullen as its treasurer. NRRI Board Vice Chair David Ober of the Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission was appointed in September.

Gold began serving on the NRRI Board in 2017 and has been its treasurer since 2018. Rhode Island Governor Gina Raimondo appointed her to the Rhode Island Public Utilities Commission in June 2016. Previously, she served as a commissioner for the Rhode Island Office of Energy Resources.

Gold earned a Bachelor of Science in Natural Resource Science and Policy from the University of Michigan, a Master of Science in Environmental Economics from Michigan State University and a Ph.D. in Environmental Sciences from the University of Rhode Island.

“I am pleased to have the opportunity to serve as NRRI’s board chair,” Gold said. “The Institute is committed to providing relevant, high-quality research, training, and technical support to our members. I look forward to working closely with NARUC leaders to ensure that NRRI continues to best serve the needs of state commissioners.”

Gold replaces Commissioner ToNola Brown-Bland of the North Carolina Utilities Commission. She served as chair since 2016 and stepped down after being appointed as NARUC’s Executive Committee treasurer by President Brandon Presley.

“We are grateful for the thoughtful leadership of Commissioner Brown-Bland, as she was very instrumental in helping to enhance NRRI’s financial profile and also helped to refocus NRRI’s goal of better alignment with NARUC and its members,” Presley said. “We are pleased that she will remain as a member of NRRI’s board.”