Sadzi Oliva, DirectorICC Commissioner in the State of Illinois, Illinois Commerce Commission
In 2017, Sadzi Martha Oliva was appointed by Governor Bruce Rauner and confirmed by the Illinois Senate to the Illinois Commerce Commission. She is the first Latina to serve as an ICC Commissioner in the State of Illinois.
Commissioner Oliva is a member of the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners (NARUC) Committees on Water and Critical Infrastructure and Chair of the Subcommittee on Supplier and Workforce Diversity. She serves on the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) Advisory Council, Financial Research Institute (FRI) Advisory Board, Gas Technology Institute (GTI) Public Interest Advisory Committee, National Utilities Diversity Council (NUDC) Board of Directors, as Treasurer for the Mid-America Regulatory Conference (MARC) and as Illinois’ representative on the Organization of MISO (Midcontinent Independent System Operator) States (OMS) Board of Directors.
In June 2018, Commissioner Oliva participated on a Peer Review on Renewable Energy Integration and Smart Grids in Panama with other Central American regulators sponsored by the Power Sector Program, Bureau of Energy Resources, U.S. Department of State and organized by NARUC. In October of 2018, she participated in a Partnership Exchange with the Bangladesh Energy Regulatory Commission on Stakeholder Engagement and Public Communications in Jakarta, Indonesia. Commissioner Oliva co-authored an article published in Utility Dive on October 19, 2018 titled, “Alternative Retail Electric Suppliers: A Surge in Consumer Protection Standards in Illinois.”
Prior to joining the Illinois Commerce Commission, Oliva was General Counsel for the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation (IDFPR). Her previous positions within IDFPR include Ethics Officer, Administrative Law Judge and Chief of Medical Prosecutions. She also worked at the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services as the Chief Administrative Law Judge. Early in her career Oliva served as an Assistant Attorney General at the Office of the Illinois Attorney General, Special Prosecutions Bureau, where she prosecuted financial crimes. She was Chair of the Illinois Governor’s Office Administrative Hearings Review Committee that organized and presented the Chicago Bar Association’s Annual Administrative Law Conference and continuing legal education seminars related to Administrative Hearings. Oliva was also the co-chair of the Rules Subcommittee for the Illinois Department of Central Management Systems’ Bureau of Administrative Hearings Pilot Program and helped draft the Model Rules of Practice in Administrative Hearings. Commissioner Oliva is a member of the Cuban American Chamber of Commerce of Illinois. She has volunteered for the Chicago Coalition for Law Related Education, Lawyers in a Classroom and is currently participating as a mentor for the International Confederation of Energy Regulators Mentoring Program.
Commissioner Oliva was born and raised in Chicago, Illinois. She earned her J.D. from Loyola University, School of Law, her B.A. from DePaul University, and is a graduate of the Academy of the Sacred Heart. She is a proud hockey mom.