Commissioner Harold D. Williams
Harold Williams was appointed on October 2002 to the Maryland Public Service Commission and currently holds the position of Commissioner. Commissioner Williams serves on the following professional committees: National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners (NARUC) – Committee of International Relations – Member (2002 – ); Committee Member on the “Energy Resources and the Environment Committee” (ERE); Chair, Utility Market Access Partnership Board (UMAP).
Prior to his appointment, Commissioner Williams’ tenure spanned almost twenty (20) years with the Baltimore Gas and Electric (BGE) Company. In his capacity as Director of Corporate Procurement Services, he was responsible for the overall management of goods and services for Information Technology Department, Retail Services Division, Facilities & Fleet Service Department and Corporate Purchases. He was also instrumental in spearheading the development of an automated reporting system for statistical data and program record keeping. Commissioner Williams was responsible for establishing purchasing policies and guidelines for conducting pre-bid/award meetings, preparing invitations to bid, and negotiating prices. He also actively facilitated the development of strategies designed to satisfy customer needs in cost effective ways. In his capacity as a mediator, Commissioner Williams resolved issues and concerns of all internal and external stakeholders. Commissioner Williams also directed BGE’s Procurement Reengineering process to establish new techniques, business practices, and new product development by embracing principles of self-reliance, willingness to accept risks, and propensity for change
Additionally, for over ten (10) years, Commissioner Williams directed BGE’s Procurement Opportunity Program (POP) Minority and Women Business Program and was responsible for developing and propelling BGE’s Program to national recognition. Commissioner Williams is recognized as one of the nations leading authorities and champions of minority and women-owned business enterprises. He has served as the chairman of the MD/DC Minority Supplier Development Council on two separate occasions, Board Member of the National Minority Supplier Development Council, Chairman of the Edison Electric Institute’s Minority Business Development Committee, and the Department of Energy’s Minority Business Roundtable Committee. Commissioner Williams has been instrumental in structuring MWBE programs locally and acting as a national consultant. As a visionary, he helped shape the management system structure and performance of BGE’s program, while developing new markets, and forging links with people, organizations, and communities for the purpose of economic growth and development of minority and women owned businesses across the nation.
Commissioner Williams’ efforts brought unparalleled recognition to BGE, such as being the first corporation to ever receive an award for Corporation of the Year with recognition for its commitment to the development of minority business in Baltimore City and recognition by Senator Paul S. Sarbanes for dedication and commitment to the Baltimore Community. Additionally, he was awarded numerous other national and local awards for BGE and personally for the impact and contributions he made to the business arena.
In his capacity as Procurement Administrator for BGE, Commissioner Williams coordinated and directed project contracts for the construction of a $400 million Brandon Shores Power Plant.
Commissioner Williams graduated Magna cum Laude from Coppin State College with a degree in Management Science and holds a Masters Degree in Administrative Science with a concentration in Human Resource Development from The Johns Hopkins University. He has also been awarded numerous other certificates for professional achievements. Commissioner Williams is married and has three adult children.