Raymond Hepper L’79
Raymond Hepper currently serves on the board of directors of the Southwest Power Pool (SPP) which oversees the bulk electric grid and wholesale power market in the central United States on behalf of a diverse group of electric utilities and transmission companies in 17 states. In addition, SPP provides a variety of services to utilities in the western US to assure reliable and efficient operation of their electric systems.
Mr. Hepper retired in 2018 as Vice President, General Counsel, and Corporate Secretary for ISO New England, which plans and operates New England’s electric system and wholesale markets. He managed a staff of 15 professionals and represented the company before the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, which oversees the design and operation of the roughly $7 billion electricity market. Ray served on the Company’s senior management team and provided counsel to the board of directors.
Before joining ISO New England in 2004, he was a partner in the firm of Pierce Atwood in Portland, Maine representing utilities and clients in complex energy transactions and regulatory proceedings. From 1989-2000, he was employed by Central Maine Power Company where he served in varying roles, beginning as Tax Counsel and ultimately serving as General Counsel and Managing Director of Legal and Regulatory affairs. From 1980 through 1988, Mr. Hepper was a litigator for the United States Department of Justice where he briefed and argued complex tax cases before the Federal Courts of Appeal.
For over ten years, Mr. Hepper served on the Board of Trustees for Perkins School for the blind where he was vice chair and chaired several committees.
Mr. Hepper earned his law degree from the University of Pennsylvania in 1979. He graduated Summa Cum Laude from Lehigh University in 1976 with a degree in economics. He was born and raised in New Jersey where, as a totally blind child, he attended public school. Ray lives in Rome, Maine with his wife, Hilary. Together they enjoy traveling, hiking and spending time with their two adults sons.