Brien Sheahan is the chairman and CEO of the Illinois Commerce Commission (ICC). He is recognized as a national leader among state regulatory commissioners for his promotion of innovation and forward-looking regulatory policy.
In his role, Sheahan has established a first-of-its-kind Office of Cybersecurity and Risk Management and Office of Diversity and Community Affairs. He has also spearheaded Illinois’ exploration of the “utility of the future” with a study called NextGrid. Sheahan has also led a nationally recognized effort to diversify the ranks of ICC leadership including the commission itself, which is the most diverse in the United States.
Sheahan is chair of the Presidential Task Force on Innovation for the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners (NARUC). He also serves on the NARUC Board of Directors, and speaks and publishes frequently on the role of state utility commissioners in driving modernization of the nation’s utility infrastructure and regulatory paradigms.
Sheahan’s extensive background in government includes serving three Illinois governors in senior leadership roles, and as general counsel of the Illinois Republican Party.
Sheahan received his bachelor of arts degree in urban and regional planning, with high honors, from the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana and his juris doctorate from DePaul University College of Law.