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Ann Pongracz, Chairwoman

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.

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.

Hayley Williamson, Commissioner

Hayley Williamson was appointed to the Public Utilities Commission of Nevada by Governor Steve Sisolak, effective April 29, 2019.

Commissioner Williamson has worked at the PUCN since 2013 and has more than a decade of public utility law experience. Before her appointment to the Commission, Commissioner Williamson served as senior assistant general counsel, having also served as acting general counsel.

During her time with the PUCN, Commissioner Williamson successfully represented the agency in the Nevada Supreme Court and at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. Commissioner Williamson also was instrumental in drafting the PUCN’s comments on the Clean Energy Plan. Prior to working at the PUCN, Commissioner Williamson taught environmental law and environmental science at the University of Wisconsin and at Sierra Nevada College.

Commissioner Williamson graduated magna cum laude from the University of Wisconsin - Stevens Point, where she earned her bachelor’s degree; and magna cum laude from Vermont Law School, where she earned her Juris Doctorate. At Vermont Law School, Commissioner Williamson was an editor of the Vermont Law Review. She also holds a Master of Philosophy degree from the University of Cambridge, where she wrote her master’s thesis on renewable energy and land use issues on the West Coast.

Commissioner Williamson was born and raised in Madison, Wisconsin, and lives in Stateline, Nevada, with her husband and son.