FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE PRESS RELEASE
Cheryl Cox, Policy & Communications Advisor, 415-703-2495, email@example.com
ORA Press Room: http://www.ora.ca.gov/newsroom.aspx
The Office of Ratepayer Advocates Welcomes
New Director Elizabeth Echols
SAN FRANCISCO, March 29, 2016 – Elizabeth Echols was sworn in by
Governor Jerry Brown yesterday as the director of the Office of Ratepayer
Advocates (ORA), the independent consumer advocate within the California Public
Utilities Commission (CPUC).
“Elizabeth brings solid experience and sound judgment to an important
job,” said Governor Brown.
Ms. Echols previously served as administrator of the U.S. Small Business
Administration Pacific Region, director of the Northern California Chapter of
the U.S. Green Building Council, and chief executive officer at OpNet Community
Ms. Echols has a diverse and robust policy background. An attorney, Ms.
Echols served in several key policy positions including executive director of
the E-Commerce Working Group at the White House, director of policy at Google
Inc., senior advisor on telecommunications and Internet policy at the U.S.
Department of Commerce, and a member of the Obama-Biden Transition Team.
"I am honored to have the trust and confidence of Governor Brown to
lead ORA in achieving our mission and the state’s ambitious goals," said
ORA director Elizabeth Echols.
ORA is the independent consumer advocacy organization at the CPUC
reporting to the Office of the Governor. ORA's statutory mission is to obtain
the lowest possible rates consistent with safe and reliable service for
customers of California's investor owned utilities, across energy, water, and
communications. As part of its advocacy role, ORA also seeks to promote consumer
and environmental protections. ORA advocates as an intervenor at the CPUC and in
other forums that impact utility customers.
By statute, ORA's director is appointed by the Governor and confirmed by
the California Senate.