Washington’s Jones to head national utility association
Olympia, Wash. – Washington utilities Commissioner Philip Jones became president of the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners (NARUC) today, the final day of the association’s annual convention in Baltimore.
A member of the Washington Utilities and Transportation Commission (UTC) since 2005, Jones was elected to a one-year term of the national organization at its 124 annual meeting. Jones will provide general oversight and serve as chief executive of the association, which represents state public service commissioners nationwide who regulate essential utility services such as electricity, telecommunications, natural gas, water and transportation.
“To be elected to this prestigious position is a real honor for me and for our state,” said Jones. “The NARUC president plays an important role nationally, and even internationally. The president testifies before Congress on energy, water and telecommunications issues, and also represents our country in meetings with our regulatory counterparts in other parts of the world.”
The association also elected Commissioner Colette Honorable of Arkansas as first vice president and Lisa Edgar of Florida as second vice president.
Jones, a Spokane native, was appointed to the UTC on Feb. 16, 2005. He is an active NARUC member, serving on the Association’s International and Telecommunications committees. He is co-chairman of NARUC’s Washington Action Committee, and serves as chairman of the National Regulatory Research Institute’s Board of Directors. President Jones also co-chairs the NARUC-Federal Energy Regulatory Commission Joint Forum on Reliability and the Environment. While on the Telecommunications Committee, President Jones chaired the committee’s federal legislation subcommittee and served on the Task Forces of Intercarrier Compensation and Eligible Telecommunications Carriers Designations. He has also been appointed to serve on the federal advisory council of the North American Numbering Council.
Jones is a 1977 graduate from Harvard University with a degree in East Asian Studies. Fluent in Japanese, he moved to Japan and worked four years as the director of the state of Ohio’s offices in Tokyo.
Prior to his commission appointment, he served as managing director of Cutter & Buck (Europe), BV in Amsterdam, the Netherlands for five years. Before that he served as senior legislative assistant to former Washington Sen. Daniel J. Evans, and staffed him on energy policy issues and for the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee as well as international trade policy.
Jones lives in Seattle with his wife, Laurie, and two daughters.