Donald Kreis, JD

New Hampshire Office of the Consumer Advocate

Titles and Affiliations: 

  • Consumer Advocate, New Hampshire Office of the Consumer Advocate

Donald M. Kreis has served since 2016 as New Hampshire’s Consumer Advocate, representing the interests of residential utility customers before the New Hampshire Public Utilities Commission (NHPUC) as well as regional and federal decisionmaking bodies.  He has previously served as general counsel of the NHPUC, as a hearing officer with the Vermont Public Utility Commission, and as the Assistant Director of the Institute for Energy and the Environment at Vermont Law School.  As a result of his career in utility regulation, Don has expertise in applying cost-of-service principles to the determination of just and reasonable prices for essential public services.  An attorney, Don has served judicial clerkships with the Maine Supreme Judicial Court, the U.S. District Court for the District of Maine, and the Vermont Supreme Court.

As the father of a young adult with cystic fibrosis, Don is active in the Northern New England Chapter of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation and has, of necessity, become an auto-didact with respect to issues related to healthcare policy, genetics, microbiology, pulmonology and drug pricing.  Prior to law school, Don spent a decade as a fulltime journalist, first with Associated Press and then with the alternative newsweekly Maine Times.  Don received his bachelor’s degree from Middlebury College, holds a master’s degree from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, and earned his juris doctorate from the University of Maine School of Law.