Mary-Anna Holden was nominated by Governor Christopher J. Christie as a Commissioner to the N.J. Board of Public Utilities (BPU) on December 7, 2011, and confirmed by the New Jersey Senate on January 9, 2012. Prior to her nomination, Mary-Anna served as Mayor of the Borough of Madison, N.J., for four years and Councilwoman for ten years.
As Mayor and Councilwoman of Madison, Mary-Anna had the distinction of chairing or co-chairing every committee and department in the Borough. Some of those departments and committees include: utilities, public works and parks, engineering, The Electric and Water Study Committees, the Chamber of Commerce, and the Madison Housing Authority. Mary-Anna also succeeded in having added $60 million in ten-year funding for the New Jersey Historic Trust under the Garden State Preservation Trust Fund legislation; nearly $15 million in federal and state rehabilitation for Madison’s nationally historic train station; coordinated and shepherded the state-sponsored Route 124 corridor redesign project with the Department of Transportation; and championed the building of for-sale townhomes and new senior citizen apartments in downtown Madison.
Mary-Anna graduated from the College of New Rochelle with a Bachelor of Fine Arts, and Manhattanville College with a Masters in Humanities-American Art and Architecture. Mary-Anna is a researcher, writer and lecturer on historic preservation and downtown revitalization. She and her husband Richard have resided in Madison for 25 years
Commissioner Mary-Anna Holden