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Commissioner Brown-Bland

ToNola D. Brown-Bland,

Commissioner Brown-Bland, a native of Alamance County, was reappointed to the North Carolina Utilities Commission by Governor Roy A. Cooper in 2017. She serves as Co-Chair of the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners’ Washington Action Committee and as a member of both NARUC’s Critical Infrastructure and Gas Committees.  In addition, she is the Chair of the Board of Directors of the National Regulatory Research Institute and is a member of the Advisory Council for the Center for Public Utilities at New Mexico State University.  She is a Past President of the Southeastern Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners.

Commissioner Brown-Bland is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and received her Juris Doctorate from Duke University School of Law.

Brown-Bland began her professional career as federal Law Clerk to the Honorable Alexander B. Denson, United States Magistrate Judge for the Eastern District of North Carolina, and thereafter entered private practice in Greensboro, N.C. After several years with a general civil practice firm, she became in-house attorney for AT&T Corp. (subsequently Lucent Technologies), where she was promoted to Senior Attorney and primarily supported the company's federal contracting and related commercial technology licensing and business lines in Greensboro.

She joined the North Carolina Department of the Secretary of State in 2001, serving as Director of the Business License Information Office and of the Charitable Solicitations Licensing Section. Her experience in utility regulation began in 2002, when she accepted a position as an attorney with the North Carolina Utilities Commission. From 2005 until her initial appointment to the Commission in 2009, she served as Associate General Counsel with the City of Greensboro.

Commissioner Brown-Bland has a history of community, civic and professional service, having served on several boards including the Greensboro Bar Association, the Utilities Law Specialty Committee of the North Carolina State Bar, the Alamance County Historical Museum, and Western Piedmont Residential Services, a non-profit organization that provided residential service to autistic adults. She has also served her church as a member of and secretary to the Board of Trustees.


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