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Joe Reynolds, Chairman

Joe Reynolds was appointed to serve as the Chairman of the Public Utilities Commission of Nevada by Governor Brian Sandoval in October 2016. Prior to his appointment to the PUCN, Chairman Reynolds served as Governor Sandoval’s General Counsel, and first joined the Governor’s Staff as the Deputy Chief Counsel in 2014.

Before joining the Governor’s Office, Chairman Reynolds was the Chief Deputy Attorney General for the Bureau of Litigation of the Nevada Attorney General’s Office under former Nevada Attorney General Catherine Cortez Masto, where he advised numerous state agencies, supervised a team of civil litigators, and represented the State of Nevada and its officers at all levels of complex state and federal litigation. A former prosecutor, Chairman Reynolds served as Senior Deputy District Attorney for the Lyon County District Attorney’s Office, where he prosecuted felony and misdemeanor crimes; conducted jury trials and sentencing hearings; handled juvenile, guardianship, and child support proceedings; and was responsible for all appellate matters and writ petitions.

Chairman Reynolds has successfully briefed and orally argued cases before the Nevada Supreme Court and the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. He has also appeared in civil and criminal cases before various justice courts and district courts throughout the State of Nevada, as well as administrative proceedings before state regulatory bodies. Chairman Reynolds also was a law clerk for the former Vice Chief Justice of the Nevada Supreme Court C. Clifton Young in 2001-2002, and worked for nearly five years in the Central Legal Staff of the Nevada Supreme Court.

Raised in Las Vegas, Chairman Reynolds studied to be a high school English teacher and earned his undergraduate degree in Education from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, and his law degree from Gonzaga University in Washington. During law school, he served as a legal intern for the United States Attorney’s Office, Department of Justice.

Paul A. Thomsen, Commissioner

Paul A. Thomsen was appointed to the Public Utilities Commission of Nevada on October 1, 2015, and served as chairman until September 30, 2016. Governor Brian Sandoval appointed Commissioner Thomsen to replace outgoing Commissioner Rebecca Wagner.

Previously, Commissioner Thomsen served as Governor Sandoval’s appointee as the Director of the Governor's Office of Energy. He was selected for that position in September 2013.

Prior to his service as the Director of the Governor’s Office of Energy, Commissioner Thomsen was the Director of Policy and Business Development for Ormat Technologies, a leading vertically integrated global provider of a diverse range of renewable energy solutions, headquartered in Reno. He has also worked for the law firm of Lionel Sawyer and Collins, United States Sen. Harry Reid, and United States Sen. Richard Bryan.

In addition, he was President of the Board of Directors of the Geothermal Energy Association, Chairman of the U.S. Clean Heat and Power Association, President of the Nevada Geothermal Council, and industry expert for the U.S. Department of Energy Geothermal Technologies Program Blue Ribbon Panel. He also served on the boards of the Economic Development Authority of Nevada, Nevada Mining Association, Nevada Lung Association and AVA Ballet.

Commissioner Thomsen earned a bachelor’s degree in Political Science and a master’s in Public Administration from the University of Nevada, Reno.

Ann C. Pongracz, Commissioner

Ann C. Pongracz was appointed to the Public Utilities Commission of Nevada by Governor Brian Sandoval in October 2016. Commissioner Pongracz filled the vacancy created by former Commissioner Alaina Burtenshaw’s appointment to the Nevada Transportation Authority.

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.

Leo Drozdoff, Acting Commissioner

Governor Brian Sandoval appointed Leo Drozdoff Acting Commissioner on October 3, 2016.

Acting Commissioner Drozdoff was formerly the Director of the Nevada Department of Conservation and Natural Resources.

He earned his Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from Bucknell University and his Master of Business Administration from the University of Nevada, Reno. He is a licensed professional civil engineer in the state of Nevada.