Welcome to the Office of the Tribal Advisor 

The CPUC is committed to incorporating Tribal concerns into the development of regulations, and policies through engagement in discussion and consultation with Tribes. We provide Tribes with information about up-coming forums, hearings and workshops. Submit your contact information and we will keep you updated on our activities. If you have any questions or concerns, feel free to email or call us. We serve as a Tribal resource. 

Office of the Tribal Advisor as a Resource

The Office of the Tribal Advisor is a resource to improve government-to-government relationships and communication between Tribes and the CPUC.  We seek to accomplish shared goals and achieve milestones that uphold self-governance and self-determination. While moving forward, engagement from Tribal governments will be critical in ensuring that the progress made builds momentum for continued progress for many years to come.

Ken Holbrook

Kenneth Holbrook, Tribal Advisor

Appointed in 2020, CPUC Tribal Advisor Kenneth Holbrook serves the CPUC through his advisory role within the agency and as the CPUC’s main point-of-contact with the Native American Tribes of California. Kenneth is a member of the Atsugewi Band of the Pit River Tribe, as well as the Maidu Tribe of Northern California and has extensive experience working with and facilitating California’s Tribes in their shared goals of ensuring access to safe, clean, and affordable utility services and infrastructure. The CPUC values its commitment to establish and uphold statewide standards for effective Tribal Consultation set forth by the past and present administrations of Governor Jerry Brown Jr. and Governor Gavin Newsom. The CPUC recognizes and appreciates the sovereignty of our State’s Tribal governments and our goal is to work together with you to solve your community’s utility challenges.

Phone: (415) 793-8522
Email: Kenneth.Holbrook@cpuc.ca.gov


Additional Non-CPUC Resources

Order issuing the creation of the Governor's Tribal Advisor

Created by Executive Order B-10-11 and codified through AB 880

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Tribal News

Feb. 26-28, 2024: CPUC to attend US Department of Energy’s Tribal Clean Energy Summit

Feb. 26, 2024: CPUC to attend Annual Tribal Nations Summit, hosted by Governor Gavin Newsom

Jan. 30 & 31, 2024: Tribal OIR Workshop and Consultations - Jamul, CA
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Visit the Tribal News Archive for previous events

Bishop Paiute Tribe Completes First Tribal SOMAH Funded Project

In 2023, the CPUC introduced the Bishop Paiute Solar on Multifamily Affordable Housing (SOMAH) project, the program’s very first on a tribal reservation in California!