DEP Quarterly

October 11, 2023 | 9:00 AM TO 11:30 AM

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Join us for DEP Quarterly as we engage in policy discussions with key regulators and executive staff. The PA Chamber hosts these forums—open to PA Chamber members only—to proactively discuss pressing regulatory issues, legislation, policy decisions and other initiatives that affect your business.




Wednesday, October 11, 2023 


9:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.


Virtual: Zoom


(Member-only event)


Commissioner Kathryn Zerfuss, Public Utility Commission
Kathryn L. Zerfuss was nominated to serve as Commissioner by Gov. Tom Wolf on Sept. 20, 2022, and subsequently confirmed by the Pennsylvania Senate on October 19, 2022. Her term will expire on April 1, 2026.

In her confirmation testimony before the Senate Consumer Protection and Professional Licensure Committee, Zerfuss said she respects the mission of the PUC and will work in a transparent, bipartisan way on the pressing utility-related issues that impact the individuals, families and businesses of this Commonwealth.

Commissioner Zerfuss is a highly regarded government affairs strategist, public servant and trusted adviser who has spent nearly 20 years advancing regulatory and policy issues with a concentration in education, workforce development, worker protections, tax fairness, victim rights and the environment.

She joined the Office of Governor Tom Wolf in the beginning of his second term as a Deputy Secretary for Legislative Affairs. Among many of her key contributions in this position, she advanced the state’s It’s On Us initiative to combat sexual violence at postsecondary schools; secured Pennsylvania’s first tax credit to help working families with childcare; and created the state’s free school breakfast program that serves students in all public and private schools.

Commissioner Zerfuss is a member of the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners (NARUC), a non-profit organization dedicated to representing state public service commissions who regulate public utilities. Additionally, she serves on NARUC’s Committee on Energy Resources and the Environment.

Commissioner Zerfuss is only the ninth woman to serve on the PUC in its 85-year history. She currently serves with Chairman Gladys Brown Dutrieuille making it only the third time two women commissioners have served concurrently.

An alumna of Elizabethtown College in Lancaster County, with a bachelor’s degree in Political Science, she lives in Mechanicsburg and is married with three children. She grew up in Tamaqua, Schuylkill County.

Asim Haque, Vice President — State and Member Services, PJM
Asim State Government Policy, State Policy Solutions and Member Services, which includes Stakeholder Affairs, Client Management, Knowledge Management and State & Member Training. He leads PJM’s policy development and interaction with state government, which includes state commissions, governor’s offices, state legislatures and state security agencies. Haque also oversees PJM’s member interactions, which includes the PJM stakeholder process.

Prior to joining PJM, Haque was the chairman of the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio (PUCO). As the state’s chief regulator, he guided Ohio through some of the most relevant energy policy issues facing the nation, including Clean Power Plan compliance, cases related to the future of baseload power plants in competitive markets and distribution grid modernization.

Haque, an attorney, began his career at a large general practice firm and went on to work as in-house counsel at a global auto manufacturer prior to his appointment to the PUCO. He also serves on the board of the Philadelphia Education Fund, which works to create equitable opportunities for all students to succeed in college and career.

Haque holds a bachelor’s degree in chemistry and political science from Case Western Reserve University and a Juris Doctor from The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law.

Fernando Treviño, Special Deputy Secretary for Environmental Justice, DEP.
His work focuses on ensuring the fair treatment and meaningful involvement of all people with the development, implementation, and enforcement of environmental policies, regulation, and laws; as well as with respect to the identification of environmental issues that affect the most vulnerable communities.

Fernando has focused his entire career on working with vulnerable and underrepresented communities, advocating for immigrants’ rights, and empowering communities of color to have a voice in the political process and government. He joins DEP after having served as Pennsylvania State Director for NDRC and Pennsylvania Director of Constituency Outreach and Partnerships for For Our Future. He also served as Deputy Executive Director of the Mayor’s Office of Immigrant and Multicultural Affairs in Philadelphia, where, among other responsibilities, managed the City’s Language Access Program and acted as the Mayor’s liaison to the Commission on African and Caribbean Immigrant Affairs, Commission on Asian-American Affairs, and other diverse coalitions.

Fernando graduated from the UANL School of Law in Mexico, and received a postgraduate certification on International and Comparative Law at Temple University’s James E. Beasley School of Law.

Bevin Ann Buchheister, Acting Deputy Secretary for Water Programs, DEP
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