David W. Danner
Governor Jay Inslee appointed David W. Danner chair of the Utilities and Transportation Commission (UTC) in February 2013.
Commissioner Danner was the UTC’s Executive Director from 2005 until his appointment as Chair. Before that, he was executive policy advisor to Washington Governor Gary Locke, where he worked on energy, telecommunications, finance, and elections issues. In 2004, Governor Gary Locke named him to the state Environmental Hearings Boards, where he served before moving to the UTC.
Commissioner Danner has also been a telecommunications attorney in private practice, counsel to the Washington Senate Energy and Utilities Committee, and senior policy advisor at the Washington State Department of Information Services.
He currently serves Energy Resources and Environment and International Committees of the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners (NARUC). He also serves on the Board of Directors of the National Regulatory Research Institute.
Commissioner Danner has a B.A. from Columbia University, an M.A. in communications from the University of Washington, and a law degree from George Washington University.