Meet Our Chairman and Commissioners

Chairman Albert

Commissioner Albert

Michael A. Albert was appointed to the Commission in February 2007 to fill an unexpired term ending June 30, 2007. He was reappointed to two consecutive six-year terms expiring June 30, 2019. On July 1, 2007, he was appointed Chairman and continues to serve in that role. He previously served as a Manager and Member in the Business Law Department of Jackson Kelly, PLLC, in Charleston, West Virginia, focusing on public utilities and business and commercial transactions.

Chairman Albert currently serves as a member of the Board of Directors of the Kanawha County Public Library. He has served as President of the Board of Directors of the Library, and as Chairman of the Education Alliance, Junior Achievement of the Kanawha Valley and the National Institute for Chemical Studies.

Chairman Albert graduated from West Virginia University with a B.S. in Business Administration, majoring in Accounting. He achieved numerous academic and extracurricular awards, and upon graduating, he served as an officer in the United States Navy, including a tour of duty in Vietnam. Following an Honorable Discharge, he attended West Virginia University College of Law where he was Editor in Chief of the West Virginia Law Review and received his Doctorate of Jurisprudence, with honors.

He is a Fellow of both the West Virginia Bar Foundation and the American Bar Foundation, served on the West Virginia State Bar Board of Governors and served as Chairman of the WVU Law School Visiting Committee. He currently resides in Charleston with his wife, Laura Lee. They have three children, Michael, Jason and Melissa, seven grandsons and a granddaughter.

Commissioner McCabe

Commissioner McCabe

Brooks F. McCabe, Jr. was appointed to the Commission in November 2014 to fill an unexpired term and was reappointed to a full term ending June 30, 2021. Prior to joining the Commission, he served as a Senator representing Kanawha County from 1998 – 2014, and served on the Finance, Economic Development, Pensions, Banking and Insurance, Labor, Natural Resources, and Transportation and Infrastructure Committees. He is also the Managing Member and Broker of West Virginia Commercial, LLC and has been involved in commercial and investment real estate for more than thirty years.

Commissioner McCabe has served on the boards of the Charleston Renaissance Corporation, Chemical Alliance Zone, Charleston Area Medical Center, West Virginia State College Foundation, the University of Vermont, and the GOW School (from which he graduated), a private college preparatory school for dyslexic students in South Wales, NY.

Commissioner McCabe is a graduate of the University of Vermont where he earned a Bachelor of Science in Management Engineering and a Master of Education in Education Administration. He received his Doctor of Education degree from West Virginia University, with concentration in planning and community development. His professional designations include the American Institute of Certified Planners and the REALTORS® National Marketing Institute, in which he is a Certified Commercial Investment Member. He and his wife Barbie reside in Charleston and have one daughter Katie and two grandchildren.

Commissioner Williams

Commissioner Williams

Kara Cunningham Williams was appointed to the Commission in October 2015 to fill an unexpired term ending June 30, 2017. She previously was a member of the law firm Steptoe & Johnson PLLC, where she practiced in the areas of complex and commercial litigation. She also has served as an adjunct lecturer at the West Virginia University College of Law.

Commissioner Williams is active in the community in both the Kanawha and Greenbrier Valleys. She currently serves as Vice President of the Board of Directors of Carnegie Hall, Inc. in Lewisburg, and is a past President of the Board of Directors of the YWCA of Charleston. She is a member of the Board of Directors of the Children’s Home Society of West Virginia and the West Virginia State Bar’s Committee on Unlawful Practice, and has served on boards or committees of a number of other organizations, including the American Inns of Court, the Washington & Lee University Alumni Association, and the Center for Economic Options.

Commissioner Williams earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in French, summa cum laude, from Washington & Lee University. She earned her Doctorate of Jurisprudence, cum laude, from Harvard Law School. She and her husband, Fred, split their time between Lewisburg and Charleston. They have two sons.


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