Kourtney Vaccaro, Commissioner, California Energy Commission

Appointment Designation – Attorney

  • Appointed 2022 

Commissioner Kourtney Vaccaro served her first term on the California Energy Commission from 2022 to 2023.  Governor Gavin Newsom appointed Vaccaro in March 2022 to serve as the Energy Commission’s attorney member.  

She worked as an advisor to Commissioner Karen Douglas since 2019. Since 2009, Vaccaro has held multiple positions at the Energy Commission,  including Chief Counsel, assistant executive director of compliance assistance and enforcement, attorney, and hearing advisor.   

She was a partner at Vu Vaccaro LLP from 2012 to 2013. She worked at the Fair Political Practices Commission between 2006 and 2009, where she served as enforcement division chief, assistant chief of enforcement, and senior commission counsel.   

Vaccaro worked as an attorney at Best Best & Krieger LLP; Freeman, D’Aiuto, Pierce, Gurev & Keeling; and Kronick Moskovitz Tiedemann & Girard.   

She earned a Juris Doctor degree and a master’s degree in public administration from the University of Southern California.  She earned a bachelor of arts degree from the University of California, Berkeley.