Carla J. Peterman was appointed to the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) by Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. in December 2012.
Commissioner Peterman is the CPUC’s lead Commissioner for alternative transportation and storage issues.
She was previously appointed by Governor Brown, in 2011, to the California Energy Commission where she was lead Commissioner for renewables, transportation, natural gas, and the 2012 Independent Energy Policy Report.
She is the first African-American female to be appointed to both Commissions.
An emerging authority on energy policy, Commissioner Peterman has conducted research at the University of California Energy Institute and the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. Commissioner Peterman has also served as an environmental business analyst at community redevelopment non-profit Isles Inc., and an associate focused on energy financing in the investment banking division at Lehman Brothers.
Commissioner Peterman, who has earned a Master of Science degree and a Master of Business Administration degree from Oxford University, where she was a Rhodes Scholar, will complete her doctoral studies in 2013 in energy and resources at the University of California, Berkeley. Commissioner Peterman also holds a Bachelor of Arts in History from Howard University, where she graduated summa cum laude.