• Office of the Safety Advocate

    The Office of the Safety Advocate (OSA) is a new Division within the CPUC created in response to Senate Bill 62 (Chapter 806, Statutes of 2016). 

    OSA is established to advocate, on behalf of the interest of public utility customers, for the continuous and cost-effective improvement of the safety management and safety performance of public utilities.  OSA is an advocacy unit within the CPUC staffed with engineers and policy analysts, who will:

    1) Intervene in CPUC proceedings to advocate for effective public utility safety management and infrastructure improvements and for the transparency of safety information; 

    2) Recommend improvements to the CPUC’s safety management policies and procedures to spearhead the CPUC’s safety culture transformation, and;

    3)  Sponsor testimony and exhibits in CPUC proceedings on safety related risks and critically examine accountability reports and safety expenditures by public utilities to assist the CPUC in holding public utilities accountable for their safe operation.


  • Christopher Parkes, Director 

    Mr. Parkes joined the CPUC in 2003 as an engineer auditing and inspecting power plants in the Safety & Enforcement Division's (SED's) Electric Generation unit. In 2013 Mr. Parkes joined SED's utility Risk Assessment Section as a senior engineer supporting safety in CPUC proceedings. Through this experience, Mr. Parkes has developed an inquiring and creative approach to the entire panoply of safety issues, including safety management systems and the use of a safety culture to promote safety. Before coming to the CPUC, Mr. Parkes worked for more than 10 years as a Senior Project Engineer for Fisher Berkeley, a small healthcare communications manufacturing company. Mr. Parkes is an active member of the Institute of Electrical & Electronics Engineers (IEEE). He has a BSEE degree from UC Davis.