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Chair Megan DeckerMegan Decker, Chair
Megan Decker was appointed to the Oregon Public Utility Commission by Governor Kate Brown in April 2017 and was promoted to Commission Chair in May 2018. Chair Decker represents Oregon as co-vice-chair of the Energy Resources and the Environment Committee for the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners (NARUC) and on the Steering Committee of the Northern Tier Transmission Group (NTTG).
 
Prior to her appointment, Chair Decker was an Assistant General Counsel with the Port of Portland. She developed expertise in energy policy and regulation as Chief Counsel for Renewable Northwest, where she managed utility commission advocacy in Oregon, Washington, Idaho, and Montana and served as Board Chair of the NW Energy Coalition. Chair Decker’s legal experience also includes private practice in land use and a clerkship with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.
 
Chair Decker earned her law degree from the University of Washington, where she graduated with high honors. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Stanford University, where she graduated Phi Beta Kappa, earned honors in Latin American Studies, and received the Firestone Medal for Excellence in Research.
 
Term: April 1, 2017 – March 31, 2021
 
Commissioner Stephen Bloom

Stephen Bloom, Commissioner

 
Stephen Bloom was appointed to the Oregon Public Utility Commission in November 2011 by Governor John Kitzhaber.  Commissioner Bloom sits on the Oregon Broadband Advisory Council and the Energy Trust of Oregon Board of Directors.
 
Prior to his appointment, Commissioner Bloom served in the U.S. Navy.  After earning his law degree, Commissioner Bloom worked as a Deputy District Attorney in Umatilla County and later entered private practice where he was a water rights attorney in Eastern Oregon.  He was appointed as U.S. Magistrate Judge for Eastern Oregon in 1988 and served until 2005 when he entered the Peace Corps. After two years in the Peace Corps helping Armenia rebuild its legal system, Commissioner Bloom returned to the U.S. as General Counsel for Everpower Renewables.
 
Commissioner Bloom earned his law degree from the College of Law at Willamette University and a Bachelor’s degree from Stanford University.
 
First Term:  December 1, 2011 – November 30, 2015
Second Term:  December 1, 2015 – November 30, 2019

 
Commissioner Letha Tawney 

Letha Tawney, Commissioner

 
Letha Tawney was appointed to the Oregon Public Utility Commission by Governor Kate Brown in June 2018. Commissioner Tawney represents Oregon on the Electricity and the Critical Infrastructure committees for the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners (NARUC). She also serves on the Energy Imbalance Market Board of State Regulators (EIM-BOSR), engaging closely on Western electricity market development in several forums.
 
Prior to her appointment, Commissioner Tawney was an expert on electric utility business models, state regulation, clean energy development, and large customer buying strategies for World Resources Institute (WRI). As the WRI Polsky Chair for Renewable Energy, she propelled innovation in business and regulatory models in the power sector. Commissioner Tawney has a deep understanding of the constraints and interests driving both utilities and their customers as technology creates large-scale change in the sector.
 
Commissioner Tawney holds a Master’s of Public Administration from the Harvard Kennedy School and earned a Bachelor of Science degree from George Fox University in business and computer science.
 
Term: June 18, 2018 – May 31, 2020
 
 

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