Commissioners

Randall Y. Iwase, Chair

ChairRandall Y. Iwase was appointed as the Chair of the Commission in January 2015 and named Chair of the Commission by Governor David Y. Ige for a term to expire on June 30, 2020. Prior to his appointment to the Commission, Chair Iwase served as the Chair of the Hawaii State Tax Review Board and Chair of the Hawaii Labor and Industrial Relations Appeals Board.  He also served as the Supervising Deputy Attorney General where his division provided legal counsel to the Department of Commerce and Consumer Affairs and the Public Utilities Commission.  Chair Iwase is a former state senator and former Honolulu city council member. Chair Iwase holds a J.D. from the University of San Francisco School of Law, and a B.A from the University of Florida, Gainsville, where he graduated with honors.

Lorraine H. Akiba, Commissioner

Lorraine H. Akiba, Commissioner Lorraine H. Akiba was appointed to the Hawaii Public Utilities Commission in January 2012 by Governor Neil Abercrombie for a term to expire June 30, 2018.  She was previously a law partner at McCorriston Miller Mukai MacKinnon LLP and Cades Schutte Flemming & Wright LLP, where she headed each firm’s Environmental Practice Group. She has held leadership positions at a number of  national and state professional organizations including the American Bar Association Young Lawyers Division, the Hawaii Women’s Legal Foundation and the National Conference of Women’s Bar Associations.

She previously served as Director of the State of Hawaii Department of Labor and Industrial Relations and as Chair of the State of Hawaii Environmental Council.

Commissioner Akiba is a member of the Advisory Council to the Board of Directors of the Electric Power Research Institute. She also is a member of the U.S. DOE and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory Future Electric Utility Regulation Advisory Group. She also serves on the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners Board of Directors and its Energy Resources and Environment Committee. She also is a member of the State and Local Energy Efficiency Action Network (SEE Action) Financial Solutions Working Group.

Commissioner Akiba holds a J.D. from the  University of California, Hastings College of the Law, and graduated with honors from the University of California at Berkeley with a B.A. in political science.

Thomas C. Gorak, Commissioner

Thomas C. GorakThomas C. Gorak was appointed to the Hawaii Public Utilities Commission on an interim basis beginning on July 1, 2016. Commissioner Gorak has practiced law since 1977, specializing in public utility regulation at both the federal and state levels for the past 37 years. From September 2013 through June 2016, Commissioner Gorak worked closely with the Commission as its chief counsel, serving as the chief legal and regulatory advisor.

Commissioner Gorak previously worked as a staff attorney with the Maryland People’s Counsel, where he was co-counsel in two major federal court cases which led to the restructuring of federal regulation of the natural gas industry, and later and as a private attorney in Washington, D.C., representing a broad spectrum of clients in public utility matters. After moving to Hawaii in 2003, Commissioner Gorak continued to represent clients in public utility matters, both on the mainland and before the Hawaii Public Utilities Commission.

Over the years, Commissioner Gorak has gained national recognition for his expertise in matters concerning the regulated utility industry. For seventeen years, Commissioner Gorak served as an instructor at regulatory courses for the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners. He has also published a number of articles concerning utility restructuring issues.

Commissioner Gorak holds a Juris Doctor from the University of Maryland School of Law, and a Bachelor of Science degree in finance and general business from the University of Maryland. He is admitted to the bars of Hawaii, Maryland, and the District of Columbia, as well as a number of federal bars.