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Biography of Paula M. Carmody

Paula M. Carmody – Maryland People's Counsel

Paula Carmody


Paula Carmody is the People’s Counsel for the State of Maryland.

The Maryland Office of People’s Counsel is an independent state agency that represents the interests of residential utility consumers in state and federal regulatory proceedings, in appellate courts and before the Maryland General Assembly.

Ms. Carmody served as President of the National Association of State Utility Consumer Advocates (NASUCA) from November 2011 to November 2013.  She also was a member of Electricity Advisory Committee (EAC) of the Department of Energy from 2015-2017, and is an ex officio member of the Strategic Energy Investment Fund (SEIF) Advisory Board, and the Maryland Clean Energy Center (MCEC) Advisory Council.

In addition to her agency responsibilities, Ms. Carmody also has been a speaker on consumer issues at conferences and forums held by a variety of organizations. In 2011 Ms. Carmody was honored by the Maryland Daily Record as an Influential Marylander in the Law for her work representing residential utility consumers.

Ms. Carmody has had extensive experience working on consumer issues. She previously served as an Assistant Attorney General in the Consumer Protection Division, Office of the Attorney General of Maryland. Prior to that, Ms. Carmody served as an Assistant People’s Counsel for fifteen years with the Office of People’s Counsel (OPC).

In addition to her government service, Ms. Carmody has held legal positions in the non-profit sector. She was the Managing Attorney of the Baltimore, Maryland office of the UAW-GM Legal Services Plan and before then, was a Staff Attorney with the Legal Aid Bureau, Inc., in Maryland. In those positions, she represented autoworkers and low-income households in a variety of civil matters in state and federal courts.

Ms. Carmody graduated with a Juris Doctorate degree from Antioch School of Law, Washington, D.C. She received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from McGill University, Montreal, Quebec, Canada.