Willie L. Phillips was named by President Biden to be Acting Chairman of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission on January 3, 2023 and is serving a Commission term that ends June 30, 2026.

He most recently served as the Chairman of the Public Service Commission of the District of Columbia, named to that role in 2018. He served on the Commission since 2014. He is an experienced regulatory attorney combining nearly 20 years of legal expertise in public and private practice. He has an extensive background in the areas of public utility regulation, bulk power system reliability, and corporate governance.

Prior to being appointed to the DCPSC, Mr. Phillips served as Assistant General Counsel for the North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC), in Washington, D.C. Before joining NERC, he also worked for two law firms, where he advised clients on energy regulatory compliance and policy matters.

Mr. Phillips has also served on the boards of several organizations, including the board of directors for the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners (NARUC) and the Organization of PJM States (OPSI). He also has served as president of the Mid-Atlantic Conference of Regulatory Utility Commissioners (MACRUC), and he has held leadership roles on several advisory councils, including the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) Advisory Council.

Mr. Phillips has a Juris Doctor from Howard University School of Law, and a Bachelor of Science from the University of Montevallo. He lives in Washington, D.C., with his wife and two children.

Sworn In
December 3, 2021
Term Expires
June 30, 2026

Staff


  • Ronan Gulstone
    Chief of Staff
  • Karin Herzfeld
    Senior Transmission Counsel
  • Kal Ayoub
    Critical Infrastructure and Resilience Advisor
  • Thomas Chandler
    Legal Advisor
  • Richard Lehfeldt
    Senior Legal Advisor
  • Jamond D. Perry
    Legal Advisor
  • Grace Hu
    Technical Advisor
  • Nicole Businelli
    Technical Advisor
  • Michelle Brown
    Confidential Assistant
  • Trenice Jett
    Confidential Assistant

This page was last updated on September 14, 2023