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The San Francisco Public Utilities Commission consists of five members, nominated by the Mayor and approved by the Board of Supervisors. Their responsibility is to provide operational oversight in areas such as rates and charges for services, approval of contracts, and organizational policy.
Our Commission meets on the second and fourth Tuesdays of each month, unless otherwise noted on the agenda schedule. Meetings take place at San Francisco City Hall, Room 400 and begin at 1:30PM. During the Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) emergency, the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission’s (SFPUC) regular meeting room, City Hall, Room 400, is closed. Commissioners and SFPUC staff will convene Commission meetings remotely by teleconference.
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Notice of Commissioner Training - Implicit Bias
Last Updated: March 1, 2021
The following members of the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission completed Implicit Bias Training as required by S.F. Administrative Code Section 16.9-28, as of the dates listed below:
- Sophie Maxwell as of December 19, 2019
- Anson Moran as of December 21, 2019
- Timothy Paulson as of January 23, 2020
- Ed Harrington as of October 29, 2020
- Newsha Ajami as of February 26, 2021
Meet Our Commissioners
Learn more about the members of our San Francisco Public Utilities Commission. Seat 5 is currently vacant and shall be an at-large member.
Anson Moran is the President of the Commission. He brings more than four decades of experience with the City and County of San Francisco and water, wastewater and power issues, including 17 years of leadership positions within the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission (SFPUC). From 1993 to 2000, he served as General Manager of the SFPUC, overseeing the reorganization of the agency that removed Muni and added the Clean Water Program (Wastewater) to the agency’s operations.
From 1988-1993, he held the post of General Manager of Hetch Hetchy Water and Power and previously served as Assistant General Manager for Finance. In his years at the SFPUC and as a founding member of California Urban Water Agencies, Commissioner Moran was instrumental in fostering greater cooperation among Bay Area water agencies and elevating the SFPUC to a position of national utility leadership.
Commissioner Moran has also served as Senior Policy Advisor to U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein with a focus on San Francisco Bay-Delta issues. Until recently he maintained a consulting practice providing water resource development services. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from Worcester Polytechnic Institute and a Masters in Urban Studies from Occidental College.
In July 2009 he was appointed by Mayor Newsom and confirmed by the Board of Supervisors. In October 2014 was reappointed by Mayor Lee and reconfirmed by the Board of Supervisors. In 2018 reappointed by Mayor Breed and reconfirmed by the Board of Supervisors.
Commissioner Moran serves in Seat 4: Experience in water systems, power systems, or public utility management. His current term ends 8/1/22.
Newsha K. Ajami
Commission Vice President
Newsha K. Ajami, is the Vice President of the Commission. She serves as the Director of Urban Water Policy with Stanford University’s Water in the West program. A leading expert in sustainable water resource management, smart cities, and the water-energy-food nexus, she uses data science principles to study the human and policy dimensions of urban water and hydrologic systems. Her research throughout the years has been interdisciplinary and impact focused.
Dr. Ajami served as a gubernatorial appointee to the Bay Area Regional Water Quality Control Board for two terms before her appointment to the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission. She is a member of National Academies Board on Water Science and Technology. Dr. Ajami also serves on number of state-level and national advisory boards. Before joining Stanford, she worked as a senior research scholar at the Pacific Institute, and served as a Science and Technology fellow at the California State Senate’s Natural Resources and Water Committee where she worked on various water and energy related legislation.
She has published many highly cited peer-reviewed articles, coauthored two books, and contributed opinion pieces to the New York Times, San Jose Mercury and the Sacramento Bee. Dr. Ajami received her Ph.D. in Civil and Environmental Engineering from the UC, Irvine, an M.S. in Hydrology and Water Resources from the University of Arizona, and a B.S. in Civil Engineering from Amir Kabir University of Technology in Tehran.
Commissioner Ajami serves in Seat 5: At-Large. Her current term to fulfill the unexpired portion of a four-term term ends on 8/1/24.
Sophie Maxwell served three terms on the San Francisco Board of Supervisors, representing San Francisco's District 10 which includes Potrero Hill, Bayview Hunters Point, Visitacion Valley, Silver Terrace, Dogpatch, Little Hollywood, and the Portola districts.
During her tenure, Commissioner Maxwell worked for more equitable distribution of public resources, increasing economic development opportunities for all San Franciscans, and nurturing and empowering our City's most vulnerable residents. Commissioner Maxwell continues to advocate for environmental justice, clean energy, and children's health and educational programs.
Commissioner Maxwell was the Chairperson of the Land Use and Economic Development Committee, where she focused on sustaining and enhancing San Francisco's communities by investing in its residents.
As a member of the Government Audit and Oversight Committee, she was a driving force for accountability and transparency in local government, and for new business and economic development.
As a member of the County Transportation Authority and a Board member of Workforce Investment San Francisco, Commissioner Maxwell played an integral role in shaping San Francisco's workforce system. One of her goals was to support strong working partnerships involving businesses, educational institutions, community based organizations and City agencies.
"All San Franciscans are a source of true pride, and they represent the most important resource for our City's future."
Commissioner Maxwell serves in Seat 2: Experience in ratepayer or consumer advocacy. Her current term to fulfill the unexpired portion of a four-year term ends 8/1/22.
Tim Paulson has over two decades of experience in the labor movement. In 2018 he was elected the Secretary-Treasurer of the San Francisco Building and Construction Trades Council, which consists of 32 unions representing 20,000 San Francisco construction workers.
Prior to this election, he was the Executive Director of the San Francisco Labor Council, which is comprised of 150 local unions representing over 100,000 working men and women in San Francisco. Before joining the San Francisco Labor Council, he worked as the Political Director and Assistant Executive Officer of the San Mateo County Central Labor Council.
A Journeyman Tilesetter since 1981, Commissioner Paulson served as a principal officer and business agent for the 45-county Bricklayers, Tilelayers, and Allied Craftworkers Local 3 and was Apprenticeship Coordinator for the Northern California Tilelayers and Tile Finishers Joint Apprenticeship and Training Committee.
He is the chair of the San Francisco State University Labor Archives Board and serves on both the San Francisco City College Labor Studies and the University of California Berkeley Institute for Labor Education and Research advisory boards. He serves on the executive board of the California Democratic Party as elected Chair of the Labor Caucus.
He holds a bachelor’s degree in economics and political science from Macalester College and lives in San Francisco.
Commissioner Paulson serves in Seat 3: Experience in project finance. His current term ends 8/1/24.
Ed Harrington. Ed Harrington was the General Manager of the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission from 2008 to 2012. From 1991 to 2008, Harrington served as the Controller of the City and County of San Francisco.
Ed is a Certified Public Accountant. He currently serves as an Adjunct Professor, University of San Francisco McCarthy School, Masters in Urban and Public Affairs Program. He also serves as an advisor for WaterNow Alliance, and for Funding the Next Generation. He formerly served as the Treasurer for SPUR and for Greenpeace International. Mr. Harrington held positions as a Board Member for the Financial Accounting Foundation and as President and Board Member of the Government Finance Officers Association.
Commissioner Harrington serves in Seat 1: Experience in Environmental Justice Policy and Understanding of Environmental Justice Issues. His current term ends 8/1/24.
Contact the Commission Secretary
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