Ann Pongracz was appointed chairwoman of the Public Utilities Commission of Nevada by Governor Steve Sisolak in May 2019. She has served as a PUCN commissioner since October 2016.
Chairwoman Pongracz is a public utilities law expert and leader, with over 30 years of corporate and government agency experience in utility regulation, infrastructure and economic development, interconnection, pricing, renewables, resource planning, demand side management, and consumer protection.
She moved to Las Vegas in 1993 to become General Counsel to Sprint of Nevada, which was then the major telecommunications utility serving Southern Nevada. Earlier, she represented Sprint’s competitive long distance division in state regulatory and legislative proceedings throughout the Western United States, and managed the company’s government relations offices.
Prior to her PUCN appointment, Chairwoman Pongracz served as Deputy Attorney General/Special Counsel to the Colorado River Commission of Nevada (CRC), where she represented the CRC’s electric services operations, and the Governor’s Office of Economic Development. At the CRC she headed the NV/AZ/CA legal team supporting enactment of the federal Hoover Allocation Act of 2011 and negotiating the federal and state Hoover power contracts.
Chairwoman Pongracz earned her B.A. cum laude in Government from Harvard University, and her Juris Doctorate from Temple University.