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Ann Wilkinson, Chair

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 Administration.

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.

Ann Pongracz, Commissioner

Ann Pongracz was appointed to the Public Utilities Commission of Nevada by Governor Brian Sandoval in October 2016. Commissioner Pongracz has significant experience working on utility regulatory issues. 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.

Prior to her appointment, Commissioner Pongracz served as Deputy Attorney General/Special Counsel to the Colorado River Commission of Nevada, where she supported the CRC’s electric services staff, and the Governor’s Office of Economic Development.

Commissioner Pongracz graduated cum laude from Harvard University and earned her Juris Doctorate from Temple University. Commissioner Pongracz raised her family in Las Vegas, where she currently resides.

C.J. Manthe, Commissioner

C.J. Manthe was appointed to the Public Utilities Commission of Nevada by Governor Brian Sandoval, effective November 5, 2018.

Commissioner Manthe has more than 30 years of management experience in both the public and private sectors in the fields of banking, healthcare, public accounting, non-profits and state and local governments. She most recently served as the Director for the Nevada Department of Business and Industry, where she had oversight for 12 diverse state divisions and 25 boards, commissions and advisory committees.

Previously, Commissioner Manthe was elected to serve as a council member for the City of Blaine in Washington State and as a county commissioner for Marathon County in Wisconsin.

Commissioner Manthe earned a bachelor’s degree in Managerial Accounting from the University of Wisconsin and is a certified public accountant.