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Biography of Paula M. Carmody

Paula M. Carmody – Maryland People's Counsel

Paula Carmody

Paula Carmody is the People’s Counsel for the State of Maryland.

The Maryland Office of People’s Counsel is an independent state agency that represents the interests of residential utility consumers in state and federal regulatory proceedings.

Ms. Carmody served as President of the National Association of State Utility Consumer Advocates (NASUCA) from November 2011 to November 2013, and was a member of the Keystone Energy Board and the Executive Committee of the Critical Consumer Issues Forum (CCIF), a joint initiative of NARUC, NASUCA and EEI, during that time.  She also is a member of the Department of Energy-Energy Advisory Committee (EAC), and an ex officio member of the Strategic Energy Investment Fund (SEIF) Advisory Board, and the Maryland Clean Energy Center (MCEC) Advisory Council.

In addition to her agency responsibilities, Ms. Carmody also has been a speaker on consumer issues at conferences and forums held by a variety of organizations, including NARUC, American Public Power Association (APPA), MACRUC, MADRI, the World Energy Forum, the Public Utility Research Center (PURC), the Harvard Energy Policy Group, the American Antitrust Institute (AAI), the Society of Regulatory & Financial Analysts (SURFA), and the American Association of Black Engineers (AABE). In 2011 Ms. Carmody was honored by the Maryland Daily Record as a 2011 Influential Marylander in the Law for her work representing residential utility consumers.

Ms. Carmody has had extensive experience working on consumer issues. She previously served as an Assistant Attorney General in the Consumer Protection Division, Office of the Attorney General of Maryland. Prior to that, Ms. Carmody served as an Assistant People’s Counsel for fifteen years with the Office of People’s Counsel (OPC).

In addition to her government service, Ms. Carmody has held legal positions in the non-profit sector. She was the Managing Attorney of the Baltimore, Maryland office of the UAW-GM Legal Services Plan and before then, was a Staff Attorney with the Legal Aid Bureau, Inc., in Maryland. In those positions, she represented autoworkers and low-income households in a variety of civil matters in state and federal courts.

Ms. Carmody graduated with a Juris Doctorate degree from Antioch School of Law, Washington, D.C. She received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from McGill University, Montreal, Quebec, Canada.