David A. Svanda, Commissioner

  David A. Svanda

David was a member of the Federal Communications Commission's (FCC) Local and State Government Advisory Committee. David was very active with the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners (NARUC). At NARUC, he was the elected President, an Executive Committee Member, on the Board of Directors, former Chairman of the Committee on Finance and Technology, and former Chairman of the Mentoring and New Member Services Committee. He was also past President of the fifteen-state Mid-American Regulatory Conference (MARC). 

David was an advisor to the Michigan State University Institute of Public Utilities and the National Regulatory Research Institute. In addition, he was a frequent speaker and panelist on energy and telecommunications matters before Congress, Administrative Agencies, and programs sponsored by such respected entities as the Competitive Policy Institute, the Aspen Institute, and the University of California, Berkeley and a member of the Keystone Energy Board.

Dave earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science/Urban Affairs from Western Illinois University in 1972 and a Master of Public Administration degree from Maxwell Graduate School at Syracuse University in 1973.

Dave Svanda served as Director of Administrative Services for Governor John Engler from December 1994 until December 1995. In 1994, he was a candidate for the United States House of Representatives. From 1991 to 1994, Mr. Svanda was the Northern Michigan Representative for Governor Engler, representing him in twenty-eight of the state's eighty-three counties. From 1980 to 1991, he was the city manager for Marquette, Michigan. He has served on many national, state, regional and local boards.