Maria Bocanegra is a Commissioner for the Illinois Commerce Commission.
Of the 64 rising stars, we selected eleven of them to highlight. These eleven exemplify the impressive record and pace of accomplishments of the best of our industry's next generation. The inspiring stories of Haben Goitom of Alliant Energy, Jennifer Wischnowsky of Ameren, Keegan Odle of Burns & McDonnell, Delevane Diaz of EPRI, Sean Meredith of Entergy, Illinois Commissioner Maria Bocanegra, Aaron Curtis of ITC, Ana Stachowiak of NYPA, Lisa Dailey of Northfork Electric Cooperative, Abbey Roy of Southern Company, and Brian Van Abel of Xcel Energy are told in part in the interviews that follow. These unique up-and-comers are already leading the industry's transformation and mission-critical groups within their organizations, in some cases as a COO, CFO or division VP.
PUF: What's the mix when working with others on Staff, the Commissioners, and outside parties? What's it like to be a Commissioner?
Maria Bocanegra: Being a Commissioner is the best job I've ever had. Before joining the Commission, I served as an Administrative Law Judge for the Illinois Worker's Compensation Commission, and I thought that was the best job.