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DORA announces new Public Utilities Commission Division Director

Rebecca White has a twenty-three-year public service background
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The Department of Regulatory Agencies Executive Director Patty Salazar announces that Rebecca White has been appointed the Public Utilities Commission Division Director, effective May 1, 2023.

White has a twenty-three-year public service background, including the Bureau of Land Management and the Environmental Protection Agency in Washington, DC, and the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT). Throughout her career, her work has ranged from drafting and implementing state and federal environmental regulations to leading National Environmental Policy Act mitigation for an environmental justice community on Colorado's largest highway construction project.

In her most recent role at CDOT, Rebecca led a division of over 100 staff educated in various disciplines ranging from planning to water quality and travel modeling. Rebecca’s work included establishing a first-in-nation Green House Gas standard for transportation planning and developing a ten-year capital plan for CDOT, which was instrumental in securing new transportation funding from the state legislature.

“Over the agency’s history, the PUC has evolved to regulate a diverse portfolio of public utilities and the transportation of freight and people - all extremely critical infrastructure to the daily lives of Coloradans”, said DORA Executive Director Patty Salazar. “Comparably, Rebecca’s roots in public administration, leading large organizations and projects, coalition building, and change management prepares her to provide the important framework needed to engage with our stakeholders while mapping out a vision for the agency’s future,”

Rebecca received a Master of Public Affairs from the University of Texas at Austin at the LBJ School of Public Affairs. She received her Bachelor’s in Political Science with a Minor in Economics from the University of Oregon, Robert D. Clark Honors College, summa cum laude.