Ann Wilkinson is the Chair of the Nevada Public Utilities Commission. She was appointed in September 2018 by Governor Brian Sandoval.
Chair Wilkinson is experienced as a senior executive, lawyer, and adviser to governmental
entities, businesses, and non-profit organizations. She was previously appointed by Governor
Sandoval as Chair of the Nevada Transportation Authority. In that role, she presided over regulatory proceedings and implemented the statutory framework that removed barriers to
entry for transportation network companies to operate in Nevada. She has also served as Deputy Chief of Staff to Governor Sandoval, and as Deputy Director for the Nevada Department of
Earlier in her career, Chair Wilkinson worked as a lawyer for the Nevada Public Utilities
Commission, and her areas of practice included energy, water, telecommunications, and transportation regulation. During this time, she also contributed to Nevada’s initial study of unbundling electric service which resulted in the Commission’s report “The Structure of Nevada’s Electric Industry: Promoting the Public Interest.”
Her experience as a public policy attorney also includes a record of representing the Nevada municipalities of Reno, Henderson, and Washoe County; serving as a top legal adviser for two
former Nevada Attorneys General; and practicing as an appellate attorney with the Idaho Attorney General’s Office. In addition to her public service, Chair Wilkinson has also practiced law with a
large Nevada-based firm, and has held in-house regulatory and litigation positions in the telecommunications and railroad industries.
Outside of the office, Chair Wilkinson is active with local and national non-profit organizations that strengthen communities through enhancing the lives of women and youth. She currently serves on the
board of the Nevada Women’s Fund, and supports the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges. As a recipient of The Shield Award, she has also received national recognition from Delta
Gamma for achieving noteworthy distinctions through her leadership and professional accomplishments.
While the Reno-Tahoe area has been her home for many years, she is a native of the Pacific Northwest. As a first-generation college student, Chair Wilkinson holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from the University of Washington and earned her law degree from Seattle University. She
has also attended a foreign language program at the Goethe Institute in Germany and administrative law judge training at the National Judicial College. Chair Wilkinson is admitted to practice law in
Nevada, Idaho, and Washington.