Chairman Alaina Burtenshaw, Esq.
Alaina Burtenshaw has served as Chairman of the Public Utilities Commission of Nevada since February 2, 2011, when Governor Brian Sandoval first appointed her to the position. Governor Sandoval subsequently reappointed her Chairman on June 24, 2013. Her current term expires on September 30, 2017.
Prior to serving as Chairman, Burtenshaw was appointed Commissioner to the PUCN by Governor Jim Gibbons on January 18, 2010. However, her career with the PUCN actually began in 1992, first as assistant staff counsel and later staff counsel, with the Regulatory Operations arm of the PUCN. She represented Regulatory Operations in electric, gas and water utility cases in Northern and Southern Nevada and was the principal attorney in larger deferred energy and general rate cases. She also represented Regulatory Operations in cases associated with environmental impacts, renewable energy and all other matters within the Commission's jurisdiction. Previous to joining the PUCN, Chairman Burtenshaw worked in private practice in Las Vegas from 1987 to 1992, where she focused on administrative law.
In November 2012, the board of directors for the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners appointed her Co-Vice Chair of its Committee on Water, which works with the EPA and other groups to increase awareness about the uses and reuses of water and wastewater.
Chairman Burtenshaw received a Bachelor of Arts degree in history from Idaho State University and a Juris Doctorate degree from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. She is a licensed attorney in the state of Nevada.