Dianne Solomon was named by Governor Christie as President to the N.J. Board of Public Utilities (BPU) on January 14, 2014. In this capacity, President Solomon also serves as a member of the Governor's Cabinet. She was nominated by Governor Chris Christie to serve as Commissioner to the Board of Public Utilities on April 17, 2013, and confirmed by the New Jersey Senate on June 27, 2013.
The BPU has jurisdiction over the rates and facilities of electric, gas, water and wastewater, telephone and cable television companies and works to ensure that consumers have access to safe, reliable, and efficient services at reasonable costs. As part of its mission, the BPU is working to foster innovation, competition and consumer choice in the utility markets. Additionally, the BPU is charged with the responsibility of implementing the Christie Administration’s energy policies as contained within the 2011 State Energy Master Plan. Through administration of NJ's Clean Energy Program, the BPU is tasked with meeting State renewable energy and energy efficiency goals and standards.
Prior to her nomination, President Solomon served as Commissioner with the South Jersey Transportation Authority (SJTA), being appointed to the position by Governor Christie on September 13, 2010. As Commissioner, she dealt with complex transportation funding and infrastructure issues, as well as tourism services during SJTA's focus on Atlantic City.
President Solomon is a graduate of Rider University with a degree in Political Science and attended the Philadelphia Institute for Paralegal Studies, concentrating on litigation. She worked as a paralegal for a number of years on commercial, contract, and construction litigations matters and served as President of the Philadelphia Association of Paralegals. She also served on the Board of Directors at the Katz Jewish Community Center for seven years, assisting in the transition to a much larger campus and facility in Cherry Hill.
President Solomon and her husband Lee A. Solomon, a New Jersey Superior Court Judge, have resided in Haddonfield for the past 16 years.