||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.