ToNola Brown-Bland

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ToNola Brown-Bland
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North Carolina Utilities Commissioner
In office
July 1, 2009 - Present
Term ends
June 30, 2017
Years in position 6
Base salary$138,849
Elections and appointments
AppointedJune 30, 2009
Appointed byGov. Beverly Perdue
Term limitsN/A
Bachelor'sUniversity of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
J.D.Duke University School of Law
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ToNola Brown-Bland is a current commissioner of the North Carolina Utilities Commission. She has served in this position since 2009.[1]


Brown-Bland was born in Burlington, North Carolina. She graduated from Alamance High School, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and the Duke University School of Law.

After law school, she clerked for the Honorable Alexander B. Denson, a magistrate judge on the United States District Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina. A year later, she entered private practice with the law firm Hill Evans Jordan & Beatty in Greensboro. She went on to serve as in-house counsel for AT&T Corp.

In 2001, Brown-Bland joined the North Carolina Department of the Secretary of State as director of the business license information office and the charitable solicitations licensing section. In 2002, she joined the staff of the North Carolina utilities commission. From 2005 until her appointment to the commission, Brown-Bland served as associate general counsel with the City of Greensboro.[1]


  • B.A., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  • J.D., Duke University School of Law

Political career

North Carolina Utilities Commission (2009-Present)

Brown-Bland has served on the North Carolina Utilities Commission since 2009.[1]



Brown-Bland was first appointed to the North Carolina Utilities Commission by Gov. Bev Perdue to an unexpired term ending on June 30, 2009, and to a full term beginning July 1, 2009. Her current term expires on June 30, 2017.[2]


Brown-Bland and her husband, André, live in Alamance County.

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North Carolina Utilities Commission
July 1, 2009 - Present
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