Profiling the 50 Most: California PUC Commissioner Timothy Alan Simon

NAACP's Monique Morris congratulates California Public Utilities Commissioner Timothy Simon for selection to 50 Most as's John Templeton looks on

Timothy Alan Simon was appointed to the California Public Utilities Commission by Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger on February 15, 2007, and confirmed by the California State Senate on February 28, 2008.

Commissioner Simon is a securities and banking lawyer and law professor.  He uses his background to facilitate balanced public policy in utility regulation.

Commissioner Simon firmly supports investment in California’s utility infrastructure as being critical to California’s economic future.  He is active in the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners (NARUC) as Co-Vice-Chair of the Natural Gas Committee, and member of: the Critical Infrastructure Committee; the Consumer Affairs Committee; the Gas Speculation Task Force; and the Wireless Task Force.  He is also the Chair of the Liquefied Natural Gas Partnership between NARUC and the U.S. Department of Energy.

Prior to joining the CPUC, Commissioner Simon was an appointment secretary to Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, and was the first African American in California history to hold the post.  Previously, Commissioner Simon served as a legal advisor on complex financial products, and has held positions at Global Crown Capital, LLC, PreferredTrade, Inc., Robertson Stephens Investment Banker, Bank of America, and Wells Fargo.

California Public Utilities Commissioner Timothy A. Simon

As an active member of the Bay Area community, Commissioner Simon serves on several non-profit boards including Catholic Charities/CYO of the San Francisco Bay Area, the Megan Furth Academy, Junior Achievement, and California ALL (Aspire-Learn-Lead).  He works to actively promote and encourage workplace, procurement, and educational diversity.  Commissioner Simon received his Bachelor’s degree in Economics from the University of San Francisco, and his law degree from the Hastings College of the Law, University of California.

Commissioner Simon is an adjunct professor of Securities Regulations at Golden Gate University School of Law, as well as an advisor on international securities in the U.S. Legal Studies Program.  Previously, Commissioner Simon taught at University of California, Hastings College of the Law.  He is engaged and is the proud father of three children.