Timothy Alan Simon was appointed to the California Public Utilities Commission by Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger on Feb. 15, 2007. As a former securities and banking industry attorney involved in financial products and services, Commissioner Simon firmly supports investment in California’s utility infrastructure as being critical to California’s economic future, and encourages a balanced public policy in areas of utility regulation. He actively promotes and encourages diversity in utility procurement, educational opportunities and the workplace.
On the national level, Commissioner Simon is Chair of the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners (NARUC) Committee on Natural Gas. He also is a member of NARUC's Board of Directors, Critical Infrastructure Committee, Consumer Affairs Committee, Utility Market Access Partnership Sub-committee, Gas Speculation Task Force, and Wireless Task Force. In his role as NARUC Gas Committee Chair, Commissioner Simon also sits on the National Petroleum Council, an oil and gas advisory committee to the Secretary of the Department of Energy (DOE). Commissioner Simon is a member of the First Friday Caucus, a national educational group on competitive utility markets, the Annual Baseline Assessment of Choice in Canada and the United States (ABACCUS) reporting committee, and the former Chair of the Liquefied Natural Gas Partnership between NARUC and DOE. He is also on the Executive Committee of the of the the Western Conference of Public Service Commissioners, a regional association within NARUC.
At the state level, Commissioner Simon is a member of the Berkeley Energy & Resources Collaborative at U.C. Berkeley, and the California Green Collar Jobs Council. Prior to joining the CPUC, Commissioner Simon served as the Appointments Secretary to Governor Schwarzenegger, the first African American in California history to hold that post.
Commissioner Simon received a bachelor’s degree in Economics from the University of San Francisco, and a juris doctor from Hastings College of the Law, University of California. He currently is an adjunct professor of Securities Regulations at the Golden Gate University School of Law in San Francisco, and acts as an advisor on international securities in Golden Gate’s U.S. Legal Studies Program.
As an active member of the Bay Area community, Commissioner Simon serves on several non-profit boards, including the Saint Ignatius College Preparatory Board of Regents, Catholic Charities/CYO of the San Francisco Bay Area and the Mission Dolores Academy. He is engaged, is the proud father of three children and has one grandchild.