Administrative Law Director, Judge, Paralegal
For Washington State's Utilities and Transportation Commission, Rayne Pearson is Administrative Law Director; Greg Kopta is Judge, and Paige Doyle is Paralegal.
There is much going on at Washington's Utilities and Transportation Commission. Including implementation of the shiny new Clean Energy Transformation Act or CETA, requiring that state's electric utilities to transition to one hundred percent clean power by 2045. Signed into law last year, the devil is in the details, as here you hear Commission Staff grapple with the intricacies.
PUF: Rayne, talk about your background and how you came to the Commission.
Rayne Pearson: I graduated law school in 2004. I began working for a state agency, the Department of Financial Institutions, as an enforcement attorney. From there, I went to work at the Human Rights Commission, doing civil rights investigative work.
When I applied for a job with the Commission, I'd never heard of the UTC before. I was a utility customer, of course, but I never realized those companies were so strictly regulated. I just thought to myself, this is a small agency and it sounds like a cool job.