Michael Picker was appointed to the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) by Governor Brown on January 29. A 37-year resident of Sacramento, Picker has served two California governors as Senior Advisor for Renewable Energy Facilities since 2009. He also served on the Sacramento Municipal Utilities District Board of Directors where he coordinated the statewide effort to help reduce California’s reliance on fossil fuels.
Prior to that, Picker was a founding partner of Lincoln Crow Strategic Communications working with government agencies, businesses and nonprofit organizations on social, economic and environmental issues. He also served as a consultant at Kaufman Campaign Consultants and as deputy treasurer in the Office of the California State Treasurer as well as chief of staff to Sacramento Mayor Joe Serna, Jr.
In a recent press release, CPUC President Michael R. Peevey noted, “It is with great pleasure that I welcome Commissioner Picker to the CPUC. He is no stranger to the workings of government and is a top energy policy expert. I have no doubt that he will bring the same sharp intellect to the other industries the CPUC regulates.”
Commissioner Picker fills the vacancy left by Commissioner Mark J. Ferron who announced his resignation in January due to health reasons.