Nidhi Thakar ’08
Nidhi Thakar is Chief of Strategy and External Affairs for Commissioner Michael Picker, President of the California Public Utilities Commission. Nidhi previously served as Senior Advisor to the U.S. Department of Energy’s Loan Programs Office, where she was part of the executive team responsible for managing a $32 billion portfolio of loans and loan guarantees and for financing innovative, clean energy and advanced vehicle technologies. Nidhi also led legal and policy analysis on energy and environmental issues affecting public lands as Deputy Director of the Public Lands Project at the Center for American Progress. Prior to the Center, Nidhi advised clients on energy and environmental matters as an associate at Perkins Coie LLP from 2008-2014. In this role, she practiced before the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission and state public utility commissions, as well as advised clients on the permitting of onshore and offshore renewable energy projects and hydroelectric projects, western water issues, hydraulic fracturing, and wholesale electric and natural gas proceedings. She also served as a Legislative Aide on Capitol Hill to U.S. Representative Shelley Berkley of Nevada from 2003-2005.
Nidhi holds a BA from the University of Maryland, College Park and received her JD from Lewis & Clark Law School, with a Certificate in Environmental Law, where she was a member of the Law Review.