Guide The DPU Commission

Learn about our three commissioners.

Angela M. O’Connor, Chairman

Angela M. O’Connor was appointed by the Governor of Massachusetts as the Chairman of the Department of Public Utilities in January of 2015.  Prior to being appointed by the Governor, Angela was the Executive Director, based in Boston, of TechNet for the northeast region.  TechNet is a national, bipartisan CEO-led trade association founded in 1997 by a group of Silicon Valley visionaries to create a bridge for the technology industry with state and federal policymakers.  O’Connor joined TechNet from the New England Power Generators Association (NEPGA) – the largest trade association in the region representing electric power generators.  As the organization's founding president, O’Connor provided strategic leadership to NEPGA and served as chief spokesperson for the owners and operators of the electric generating infrastructure in New England. 

O’Connor previously served as Vice President of Energy Policy at Associated Industries of Massachusetts (A.I.M.), the Commonwealth’s principal statewide employer organization.  In that capacity, she represented the energy interests of A.I.M.’s 7,600 members, including a wide range of public, legislative and regulatory activities. Before joining A.I.M., O’Connor was Operations Manager for Massachusetts Health and Educational Facilities Authority PowerOptions program, the largest energy purchasing consortium in New England consisting of colleges and universities, hospitals, other non-profits, and municipalities.  Earlier in her career she worked in marketing for the Boston Celtics, served as an environmental assistant to the city of Boston’s Environmental Department, and was a small business owner.  She also served as chairman of the Board of Selectmen for the Town of Rockport.  O’Connor is a graduate of The University of Massachusetts - Boston.

Robert Hayden, Commissioner

Bob Hayden joined the Department of Public Utilities in 2001 and served as a Hearing Officer in the Legal Division and focused on enforcement in the Pipeline Safety Division.  Prior to joining the Department of Public Utilities, Bob was a prosecutor with the Plymouth County District Attorney’s Office where he prosecuted nearly two hundred trials for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.  Bob is a graduate of the State University of New York at Plattsburgh and the University Of Massachusetts School Of Law.

Cecile M. Fraser, Commissioner

Cecile Fraser was appointed as a Commissioner to the Department of Public Utilities in June of 2017. Prior to her appointment, Cecile served with the Department as counsel in the Division of Regional and Federal Affairs and the Consumer Division.

Cecile is an attorney with over a decade of experience in the energy and utilities industry. Prior to joining the Department, Cecile worked in private law practice and as an in-house counsel engaged in a range of matters involving utility rates and regulation, infrastructure siting, consumer service issues and related activities. As counsel with the Department, Cecile has worked on issues involving New England’s wholesale electric markets and transmission system, as well as consumer issues.

Cecile received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from Fordham University and her J.D. from Rutgers University School of Law-Camden.

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