Sadzi Oliva

Commissioner | Illinois Commerce Commission

Sadzi Martha Oliva was appointed by Governor Bruce Rauner in January 2017 to the Illinois Commerce Commission and is the first Latina to serve as Commissioner in the State of Illinois.   In this role, Ms. Oliva balances the interests of consumers and utilities to ensure adequate, efficient, reliable, safe and least-cost public utility services; regulates the commercial activities related to investor owned electric, natural gas, and water companies and enforces regulations for trucking, motor carriers, and railroad safety. Prior to joining the Illinois Commerce Commission, Ms. Oliva was General Counsel for the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation. Previous positions held by Ms. Oliva within the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation include Ethics Officer, Administrative Law Judge and Chief of Medical Prosecutions. She also worked at the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services as the Chief Administrative Law Judge. Early in her career, Ms. Oliva served as an Assistant Attorney General at the Office of the Illinois Attorney General, Special Prosecutions Bureau, where she prosecuted financial crimes. Ms. Oliva was Chair of the Illinois Governor’s Office Administrative Hearings Review Committee that organized and presented the Chicago Bar Association’s Annual Administrative Law Conference as well as other continuing legal education seminars related to Administrative Hearings. She was also the co-chair of the Rules Subcommittee for the Illinois Department of Central Management Systems’ Bureau of Administrative Hearings Pilot Program and guided and helped draft the Model Rules of Practice in Administrative Hearings. Ms. Oliva is a member of the Cuban American Chamber of Commerce of Illinois. She has volunteered for the Chicago Coalition for Law Related Education and Lawyers in a Classroom.