CPUC Commissioner from January 2006 - December 2009
Commissioner Rachelle Chong was appointed to the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) by Governor Schwarzenegger in January 2006. In December 2008 Governor Schwarzenegger reappointed Ms. Chong to the CPUC for a six-year term. At the CPUC, she has led efforts on broadband infrastructure as a member of the Governor’s Broadband Task Force, communications consumer issues, smart grid initiatives, demand response, and dynamic pricing. Commissioner Chong is a career regulatory attorney, practicing before both the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) as well as the CPUC with the law firms of Kadison, Pfaelzer, Woodard, Quinn & Rossi and Graham & James. In May 1994, President Clinton nominated her to the FCC where she served with distinction during the implementation of the Telecommunications Act of 1996. In November 1997, Commissioner Chong returned to private practice as a partner with Coudert Brothers, representing Internet and communications clients. In 2000, she became General Counsel and Vice President, Government Affairs for a start up, BroadBand Office, Inc. In August 2001, she became an entrepreneur, operating a retail shop and ecommerce website for five years. She is proud to be the first Asian American to serve as a Commissioner of the FCC and the CPUC. She is a graduate of UC Berkeley and UC Hastings College of the Law, and member of the California State Bar.