Joseph P. Como, Regulatory & Government Affairs Consultant
At the end of 2015 Joe stepped down from his position as Director of the Office of Ratepayer Advocates, a position he held for over 5 years. Prior to that he was ORA’s Chief Counsel, Legal Advisor for energy and water issues for Commissioner Rachelle Chong, and an attorney representing ORA at the California Public Utilities Commission.
As a Deputy City Attorney for San Francisco on energy matters, Joe represented San Francisco’s interests in establishing rules for the first Community Choice Aggregation effort in California and helped to shape the CCA tariffs among the three large California utilities. He also worked on the replacement of the Potrero Power Plant with clean energy alternatives.
Prior to his utility related work, he represented disadvantaged communities affected by hazardous chemical contamination as an attorney with the Golden Gate University Environmental Law and Justice Clinic and with Earthjustice Legal Defense Fund. His work helped the Bayview-Hunters Point Community succeed demonstrating the effects of air pollution on the health of residents and in petitioning for the closure of the Hunters Point Power Plant and site restoration.
In his former career, Joe co-founded the firm Energy and Environment, Inc. and worked for over 15 years as an engineer designing and managing environmental restoration projects at several state and federal Superfund sites, and consulting to businesses on the proper treatment and storage of hazardous material.
Joe holds a Bachelor’s degree in Natural Resources Planning from Cornell University, a Master’s degree in Civil and Environmental Engineering from Stanford University and a Law Degree from Golden Gate University.