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Appointment: Commission Chair
Appointed: March 3, 2014, by Governor Pence
Term Expires: December 2015
Carol Stephan was appointed by Governor Mike Pence as Chair of the Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission on May 20, 2014 and as Commissioner on March 3, 2014. Prior to her appointment as Commissioner, Carol served as the Commission’s Assistant General Counsel, providing legal support to the agency on a wide variety of issues.
Additionally, Carol 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, general management and supervision of legal and support staff, and agency budget and procurement.
Prior to her work in utility law, Carol 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.
Carol has also worked in the non-profit 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, Carol earned her undergraduate degree in Comparative Literatures from Indiana University and her law degree from the Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law. An avid volunteer, Carol recently served as a board member of Project Home Indy, a central Indiana non-profit that provides long-term residential and support services to homeless, pregnant, and parenting teen mothers and their children.
A longtime member of St. Joan of Arc Catholic Church, she lives in Carmel, Indiana with her husband, Bill. They are the parents of two adult children, Laura and Paul.