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Appointment: Commission Chair
Appointed: March 3, 2014, by Governor Pence
Term Expires: February 2020
Carol Stephan was appointed by Governor Mike Pence as Commissioner on March 3, 2014, and as Chair of the Commission on May 20, 2014. She was reappointed by Governor Pence on Feb. 1, 2016.
Chair Stephan is a member of the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners’ (NARUC) Committee on Water and serves on the Board of the Organization of PJM States, Inc.
Prior to her appointment as Commissioner, Chair Stephan served as an assistant general counsel for the Commission, providing legal support to the agency on a wide variety of issues. Additionally, she served as general counsel, director of case management, and ethics officer for the Indiana Office of Utility Consumer Counselor, the state agency that advocates on behalf of ratepayers before the Commission. In that capacity, she was responsible for staff compliance with the Indiana Code of Ethics, and management of legal and support staff.
Prior to her work in utility law, Chair Stephan served as interim deputy commissioner of the Indiana Department of Workforce Development. As a member of the agency’s leadership team, she supervised the workforce services staff and coordinated with statewide Regional Workforce Boards, partner agencies, and external organizations to administer federal and state funded workforce development programs through Indiana’s WorkOne system.
Chair Stephan has also worked in the nonprofit sector as director of special projects for Goodwill Industries of Central Indiana. While at Goodwill, she led the pilot charter school project, TechWest, and assisted in the development of several workforce programs serving at-risk youth unemployed, disabled, and immigrant populations.
A native of Indianapolis, Chair Stephan earned her undergraduate degree in comparative literatures from Indiana University and her juris doctor degree from the Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law.