Elizabeth Echols

Director, Office of Ratepayer Advocates

Elizabeth Echols Photo  Elizabeth Echols was appointed by Governor Jerry Brown to serve as Director of the California Public Utilities Commission’s Office of Ratepayer Advocates in February 2016. Ms. Echols previously served as Administrator of the U.S. Small Business Administration Pacific Region. Under Ms. Echols’ leadership, her region led the nation in supporting more than 28,000 small business loans worth over $12 billion. She also launched a new initiative to assist small businesses in gaining access to capital to “green” their businesses, and leverage opportunities in clean tech and energy efficiency. Ms. Echols served as Director of the Northern California chapter of the U.S. Green Building Council from 2009 to 2010 where she built the public policy program to successfully impact green building policy and regulation, including advancing renewable energy, energy efficiency, and water conservation. She was a member of the Obama-Biden Presidential Transition Team from 2008 to 2009, Director of Policy at Google Inc. from 2004 to 2008, and Chief Executive Officer at OpNet Community Ventures from 2001 to 2004. Ms. Echols served as Executive Director of the E-Commerce Working Group at the White House from 1999 to 2001, Senior Advisor on telecommunications and Internet policy at the U.S. Department of Commerce from 1994 to 1999, and an attorney at Steptoe and Johnson from 1990 to 1994. She earned a Juris Doctor degree from Stanford Law School and a Bachelor’s Degree in Economics and Political Science from Yale University.