Matthew Phillips is Assistant Executive Director (Technical Staff) at the Maryland Public Service Commission.
The PUF team had a warm welcome at the PSC offices in Baltimore on the upper floors of the William Donald Schaefer building. Maryland punches well above its weight, with an expansive grid modernization portfolio, ambitious electric vehicle and charging programs, utility-scale batteries deployed as grid assets, and more, backed up by a diverse renewable generation portfolio and nuclear power at the Calvert Cliffs plant.
PUF's Lori Burkhart: How did your background lead to your role at the Commission?
Matthew Phillips: My background includes twenty-five years of experience in the telecom world, with Verizon. I was already somewhat familiar with the PSC and its functions.
Both David Collins [Deputy Executive Secretary], and I come from the telecom world, so he's been helpful in introducing me to the PSC and how it operates. I appreciate that. Everybody here has reached out to me and has been friendly from a mentoring perspective to a coaching perspective, to get me up to speed. I started here April seventh, so I'm still a newbie.
PUF: As Assistant Executive Director for Technical Staff, talk about your unique role at the Commission.