Monica Martinez, Commissioner

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Monica Martinez was appointed by Governor Jennifer M. Granholm to the Michigan Public Service Commission on July 3, 2005. Her term ended September 2, 2011.

Since joining the Commission, Commissioner Martinez sponsored initiatives on several critical issues including consumer education and awareness, energy efficiency and renewable energy and low-income and senior citizen energy assistance. She led new Commission efforts promoting lifeline awareness and summer energy conservation. In response to evolving climate change concerns, the Governor established the MI Climate Action Council and appointed Commissioner Martinez to serve on the Council.

As a member of the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners (NARUC) Committee on Consumer Affairs, Commissioner Martinez supported efforts for uniform data collection on energy arrearages and efforts to secure additional federal Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) funding. She was a member of the NARUC Committee on Telecommunications and its Federal Regulatory Subcommittee, and was requested to participate in the NARUC working group on speculation in the natural gas markets. She was the President of the Mid-America Regulatory Conference and was also active on the Federal Interstate Telecommunications Relay Services Advisory Council. The Organization of MISO States selected her to serve on the Midwest ISO Advisory Committee and as a member of its Executive Committee.

Prior to her appointment to the Commission, Ms. Martinez was the Deputy Director of the Governor's Legislative Affairs Division serving as liaison to the Michigan Senate. Her career also includes positions in the Executive Office as a policy advisor to the Michigan Senate Democratic Office where she specialized in telecommunications, energy, human services, and family law policy issues and at the Alumni Association of the University of Michigan and U of M Dearborn's Center for Corporate and Professional Development.

Ms. Martinez earned a Bachelor's degree, majoring in Economics and Political Science, and a Masters degree in Business Administration, both from the University of Michigan.