Chairman Emile C. Thompson

Chairman Emile C. ThompsonEmile C. Thompson was appointed to the Public Service Commission of the District of Columbia by Mayor Muriel Bowser in 2021 and re-appointed as Interim Chairman on December 1, 2021. He was confirmed as Chairman on June 7, 2022.

Before the Commission, Chairman Thompson was an Assistant United States Attorney in the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia, serving as a Deputy Chief. He has also served as a Principal Member of the D.C. Water Board of Directors since 2016. Chairman Thompson began his career as a law clerk for the Honorable (Ret.) Herbert B. Dixon, Jr. of the Superior Court of the District of Columbia. He also served as a senior advisor to the Mayoral Administrations of Vincent Gray and Muriel Bowser.

Chairman Thompson is an active member of the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners (NARUC), representing public service commissions that regulate telecommunications, energy, and water utilities. He serves as Co-Chair of the Commission Chairs Council, which provides a forum for Commission Chairs to discuss pertinent issues that affect Commission’s nationwide. In addition, he serves as Vice Chair of the Committee on Critical Infrastructure and is a member of the NARUC Committee on Energy Resources and the Environment. He serves on the Advisory Board of the Financial Research Institute and the Critical Consumer Issues Forum. He also serves on the Board of Directors of the Organization of PJM States, Inc.

Chairman Thompson graduated from Morehouse College with a degree in Computer Science and minors in Math and Biology. His obtained his law degree from Wake Forest University School of Law.

Born in Washington, D.C., Chairman Thompson resides with his wife and children. He is active in the D.C. community serving as a board member of the Abramson Scholarship Foundation and is a former board member of the Boys and Girls Club of Greater Washington. He also serves as an adjunct professor at American University Washington College of Law.