Mary-Anna Holden is a Commissioner at the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities.
The PUF team was warmly welcomed by those energy stalwarts charged with drafting and implementing Governor Phil Murphy's Energy Master Plan at the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities.
It's serious work, but it's fun too, as you will hear Staff attest. And the New Jersey BPU is big, with some two hundred and twenty-five Staff, because in 2003 it established the Office of Clean Energy to help administer its programs. Talk about forward thinking.
PUF: You've been a mayor and you've held other elected office. Tell us about that and how that's helped you here on the Board.
Commissioner Holden: It's interesting because my passion was historic preservation and Madison, New Jersey, has an historic downtown. We had some preservation issues and I started speaking out.
Then one of the town's elder statesmen asked if I could work on the fall election campaign. I got involved in local and county Republican politics and then in a few years it was the natural progression to run for local office. Madison is unique in that it owns its electric utility, water utility, and wastewater facility. Managing those facilities was some of the duties I tackled.