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Commissioner Joanne Doddy Fort

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Joanne Doddy Fort was nominated by Mayor Vincent Gray and confirmed as a PSC Commissioner by the D.C. Council effective October 3, 2012 for a term ending June 30, 2016.

Joanne Doddy Fort is an experienced attorney who has practiced law in the District of Columbia for more than three decades and has served as a corporate officer in the private sector. Commissioner Fort has an extensive background in the fields of utility regulation, administrative law and ethics. Before joining the PSC, Commissioner Fort served as Vice President and General Counsel of Urban Service Systems Corporation, a waste management and transportation company. Prior to joining the company, she was a partner in three local law firms where, among other matters, she litigated cases before the PSC -- first on behalf of the Staff of the PSC and later on behalf of the Office of the People's Counsel. The D.C. Court of Appeals appointed Commissioner Fort to the Board on Professional Responsibility, the Commission on Admissions and the Access to Justice Commission. Mayor Barry appointed her to a term on the Real Estate Commission for the District of Columbia.

Commissioner Fort is a member of the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners where she serves on the Committee on Critical Infrastructure and Committee on Electricity. She is a member of the Mid-Atlantic Conference of Regulatory Commissioners and she represents the DC PSC on the Board of Directors of the Organization of PJM States, Inc. (OPSI).

Raised in the District of Columbia, Commissioner Fort has a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Political Science from Bryn Mawr College and a Juris Doctor degree from the University of Pennsylvania Law School. She has taught and lectured on professional responsibility at Howard University School of Law and the College of Law at American University. Commissioner Fort has served on a variety of nonprofit boards. She is a member of the District of Columbia Bar.

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