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Samantha Ruiz

Director, Regulatory Affairs

Before joining Ulupono Initiative, Ruiz worked as an energy analyst at the Hawai‘i Public Utilities Commission where, among other accolades, she led research on a variety of proceedings including distributed energy resources, grid modernization, and renewable energy procurements processes. Prior to her state government role, she was a regulatory analyst for Yamamoto Caliboso, LLC in Honolulu and an energy consultant for the Natural Resources Defense Council.

Ruiz earned a master’s degree in environmental law and policy from Vermont Law School in South Royalton, Vt., and a bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of Central Florida in Orlando, Fla.