Commissioner Richard A. Beverly

Commissioner Richard BeverlyRichard A. Beverly served as General Counsel to the Public Service Commission until he was appointed as Commissioner by Mayor Bowser in 2016.   

Commissioner Beverly graduated from Howard University, Magna Cum Laude.  He went on to obtain a Juris Doctor from American University in 1981 and became a member of the District of Columbia Bar that same year. 

He entered the DC government as a hearing officer with the Office of Employee Appeals in 1983 and quickly rose to the position of General Counsel, a position where he gained extensive administrative law and litigation experience. During this time, he also served as an Advisory Neighborhood Commissioner and as a volunteer arbitrator for the Better Business Bureau.

In 1997, the Chairperson of the Commission asked Commissioner Beverly to accept a position as General Counsel and he served in that position until obtaining a presidential appointment to serve as a member of the U.S. Department of Labor’s Administrative Review Board (ARB). The ARB functioned as an appellate review board for decisions of federal administrative law judges.

In 2002, a new Commission Chairperson asked Commissioner Beverly to return as an advisor and he was later unanimously asked by all three Commissioners to again serve as general counsel. 

In addition to being a member of the DC Bar, Commissioner Beverly is also a member of the Bar for the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia and the Bar for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia.

Commissioner Beverly is a longtime resident of the District of Columbia.