Mary-Anna Holden was confirmed as a member of the Board of Public Utilities on January 9, 2012. Prior to her nomination, Ms. Holden served as Mayor of the Borough of Madison, NJ for four years and Councilwoman for ten years. Ms. Holden is Chair of the National Association of Regulatory Commissioners (NARUC) Water Committee, a member of the NARUC Critical Infrastructure Committee and member of the NARUC Sub-committee on Nuclear Issues – Waste Disposal. Ms. Holden is also President of the Mid-Atlantic Conference of Regulatory Utility Commissioners (MACRUC). Ms. Holden is also an Advisory Board Member of the University of Missouri’s Financial Research Institute (FRI) and the Center for Public Utilities (CPU) at New Mexico State, and a member of the NJ Clean Water Council and Jersey Water Works’ Green Infrastructure committee.
As Mayor and Councilwoman of Madison, Ms. Holden chaired and co-chaired every committee and department in the Borough, including electric and water utilities, public works, engineering, transportation and public safety. Ms. Holden was also chair of the Madison-Chatham Joint Meeting wastewater facility, and served for 11 years as a trustee of the New Jersey Historic Trust and serves as an advisor to the Morris County (NJ) Preservation Trust Fund.
Born in Tarrytown, NY, on November 12, 1954, Ms. Holden received her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the College of New Rochelle and her Masters in Humanities-American Art and Architecture from Manhattanville College. She is a researcher, writer and lecturer on historic preservation and downtown revitalization. She and her husband Richard reside in Madison, NJ.