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Welcome to SDDC

The Supplier Diversity Development Council (SDDC) is dedicated to forging effective working relationships between minority, service-disabled veteran, and woman-owned businesses (M/DV/WBEs) and New Jersey public utilities and the Board of Public Utilities (NJBPU) on matters relating to methods of reporting, measuring, and assessing the development of these relationships.

President’s Message

solomon_headshot123My fellow Commissioners and I recognize that a diverse supplier pool fosters opportunity and offers advantages of new perspectives, unique talents and cutting edge ideas. The Board believes it is essential for the utility sector to remove barriers and offer opportunity for qualified, experienced and value-driven minority, women, and disabled veteran-owned business enterprises. Furthermore, partnering with a diverse supplier pool regardless of race, gender, age, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, or any other legally protected characteristic fosters the business environment needed to succeed in this market.

Dianne Solomon was named by Governor Christopher J. Christie as President to the N.J. Board of Public Utilities (BPU) on January 14, 2014. President Dianne Solomon also serves as a member of the Governor’s Cabinet. President Solomon was nominated by Governor Chris Christie to serve as Commissioner to the Board of Public Utilities on April 17, 2013, and confirmed by the New Jersey Senate on June 27, 2013.

The BPU has jurisdiction over the rates and facilities of electric, gas, water and wastewater, telephone and cable television companies and works to ensure that consumers have access to safe, reliable, and efficient services at reasonable costs. In addition, the BPU is working to foster innovation, competition and consumer choice in the energy and telecommunications markets.

Prior to her nomination, Dianne served as Commissioner with the South Jersey Transportation Authority (SJTA). On September 13, 2010, Governor Christie appointed Dianne to the position with the SJTA, which is responsible for operating the Atlantic City Expressway, Atlantic City Airport and shuttle service in and around South Jersey. As Commissioner, Dianne dealt with complex transportation funding and infrastructure issues, as well as tourism services during SJTA’s focus on Atlantic City.

Prior to the SJTA, Dianne was a member of Governor Christie’s Transition Authorities Subcommittee.
Dianne graduated from Rider University with a degree in Political Science and attended the Philadelphia Institute for Paralegal Studies, concentrating on litigation. She worked a paralegal for a number of years on commercial, contract, and construction litigations matters and served as President of the Philadelphia Association of Paralegals. Dianne also served on the Board of Directors at the Katz Jewish Community Center for seven years, assisting in the transition to a much larger campus and facility in Cherry Hill.

Dianne and her husband Lee A. Solomon, a New Jersey Superior Court Judge, and their three children have resided in Haddonfield for the past 16 years.