John L. Geesman, J.D.

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Appointed by Governor Davis 7/2002 to 1/2003
Reappointed by Governor Davis 1/2003 to 1/2008




John L. Geesman was originally appointed as a Commissioner on the California Energy Commission in 2002 to fill an unexpired term and was reappointed to a full five-year term by Governor Gray Davis on December 31, 2002, and confirmed by the Senate. He filled the Attorney position on the five-member Commission where four of the five members by law are required to have professional training in specific areas—engineering or physical science, environmental protection, economics, and law.

Commissioner Geesman served as Presiding Member of the Energy Commission's Renewables Committee and the Facility Siting Committee, and as Associate Member on the Research, Development and Demonstration Committee, the Electricity Committee, and the Integrated Energy Policy Report Committee.

Commissioner Geesman rejoined the Commission after originally serving as its Executive Director from 1979 to 1983. From 1983 to 2002, he was an investment banker specializing in the debt markets. During this time, he served as Chairman of California Managed Risk Medical Insurance Board, Chairman of the Board of Governors of the California Power Exchange and as a member of the Board of Governors of the California Independent System Operator. In November 2006, he was elected co-Chairman of the Board of Directors of the American Council on Renewable Energy (ACORE), having served previously on it's Advisory Board.

Commissioner Geesman earned a bachelor of arts degree from Yale University, and a juris doctorate degree from Boalt Hall, University of California, Berkeley.