Jo Anne Sanford
Public Member: Sanford Law Office
Ms. Sanford practices law in Sanford Law Office and is a partner in Blount Street Advisors, a governmental consulting firm. Ms. Sanford led the North Carolina Utilities Commission as Chair for ten years of her eleven-and-a-half-year term (1995-2006), serving under appointments to the Commission and as Chair from both Governors Hunt and Easley. She earned national recognition as an expert in regulatory law and policy, participated vigorously on numerous state and national boards, and is regularly requested to speak and advise on regulatory issues. Her current professional focus is on regulatory and governmental policies that support sustainability in a low-carbon environment, infrastructure investment, water law and broadband deployment. Her clients have included Fortune 500 corporations, mid-size regulated companies and major nonprofit organizations. A graduate of North Carolina State University and of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Law, Ms. Sanford handled progressively responsible positions in the North Carolina Attorney General’s Office over a 20-year period. She represented the public in environmental, insurance, energy and utilities matters while also providing service to various state agencies, including the State Auditor, the Secretary of State and the Department of Commerce. In January 2007, after a successful 31-year career with the Attorney General’s Office and the North Carolina Utilities Commission, Ms. Sanford launched complementary professional practices (legal and consulting) in downtown Raleigh.