Angela Navarro is a Commissioner at the Virginia State Corporation Commission.
PUF was delighted at the opportunity to travel to Richmond virtually to visit the home of the Virginia State Corporation Commission. The Commission is a unique regulatory body with authority over utilities, insurance, state-chartered financial institutions, securities, retail franchising, railroads, and well, a long laundry list. No wonder the Commission employs over six-hundred Staff.
PUF learned the history of the Virginia Commission too, that it was created in 1902 by the Virginia Constitution, and endowed also with judicial powers. That led to the question when Chair Judith Jagdmann invited PUF via cyberspace into her home office, of whether to call her, Commissioner or Judge? Turns out both are correct, and PUF used the two interchangeably when we met also with Judges Jehmal Hudson and Angela Navarro.
PUF's Lori Burkhart: How did your background lead you to being appointed as a Commissioner?
Commissioner Navarro: I started about ten years ago as an environmental attorney with a nonprofit organization called the Southern Environmental Law Center, and in that capacity, I did a lot of energy regulatory work, not just in Virginia.