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Profession

Category:
LawMakers
Occupation(s):
Lawyer

Favorites

Favorite Color:
None
Favorite Food:
None
Favorite Time of Year:
4th Of July
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Cape Town, South Africa
Favorite Quote:
None

Birthplace

Born:
2/10/1952
Birth Location:
Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania

Profession

Category:
LawMakers
Occupation(s):
Lawyer

Favorites

Favorite Color:
None
Favorite Food:
None
Favorite Time of Year:
4th Of July
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Cape Town, South Africa
Favorite Quote:
None

Birthplace

Born:
2/10/1952
Birth Location:
Bryn Mawr
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Biography

Attorney Wendell Holland was born on February 10, 1952 and raised in Ardmore, a community in Lower Merion Township in Pennsylvania. His parents are Jeremiah William, Sr. and Jane Foster Holland. Holland attended Lower Merion High School. He then attended Fordham University on a full basketball scholarship, graduating in 1974 with a B.S. degree in urban studies and psychology. He also attended Rutgers School of Law, where he was class president.

In time, he specialized in energy and utility regulation, and worked with the New York Public Service Commission and the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission (PUC). He served as a judge and in 1990 was appointed as commissioner of PUC. After practicing law and serving as a corporate executive, he became chairman of the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission in 2004 where he was responsible for deciding utility mergers and acquisitions; for the implementation of legislation that triggered comprehensive and substantial changes to renewable energy; telecommunication reform; and consumer services legislation.

Holland also served as vice president and general counsel of the Global Bioscience Development Institute. In 2002 and 2003 respectively, Holland was appointed to coordinate the City of Philadelphia Trade Missions with China and South Africa.

Holland has served on three public company boards. He was elected to the board of directors for Aqua America, Inc. in 2011. He was also named to the board of trustees for Main Line Health Inc. in 2012. Holland was also the 1994 recipient of the annual award for excellence for the National Association of Water Companies, Pennsylvania chapter. He was named one of Philadelphia’s 100 Most Influential African Americans. In 2007, he became the recipient of the Whitney M. Young, Jr. Service Award for the Cradle of Liberty Council of the Boy Scouts of America. Holland has served as president of the Mid-Atlantic Conference of Regulatory Utility Commissions and the Organization of PJM States. In 2007, he was the treasurer of the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners (NARUC), where he also served on the board of directors and as chairman of its audit and investment committees. Holland is married to Anita Persaud Holland, and they have three children.

Wendell Holland was interviewed by The HistoryMakers on May 24, 2012.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 1 - Slating of Wendell Holland's interview
  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - Wendell Holland lists his favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Wendell Holland describes his mother's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Wendell Holland describes his father's family background, pt. 1
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Wendell Holland describes his father's family background, pt. 2
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Wendell Holland describes his parents' personalities and professions
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Wendell Holland describes his earliest childhood memory
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Wendell Holland describes his neighborhood in Ardmore, Pennsylvania
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - Wendell Holland describes the sights, sounds and smells of his childhood
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Wendell Holland remembers the Penn Relay Carnival in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Wendell Holland talks about the basketball community in Ardmore, Pennsylvania, pt. 1
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Wendell Holland talks about the basketball community in Ardmore, Pennsylvania, pt. 2
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Wendell Holland remembers the integration of schools in Lower Merion Township, Pennsylvania
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Wendell Holland describes his experiences at the Ardmore Avenue School in Ardmore, Pennsylvania
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Wendell Holland recalls his elementary school years in Ardmore, Pennsylvania
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Wendell Holland remembers his first day at the Wynnewood Road School in Ardmore, Pennsylvania
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Wendell Holland describes his experiences at the Wynnewood Road School in Ardmore, Pennsylvania
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Wendell Holland remembers Ardmore Junior High School in Ardmore, Pennsylvania
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Wendell Holland talks about his early influences
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Wendell Holland describes his early experiences of religion
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Wendell Holland remembers the deaths of his mother and his role model
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Wendell Holland recalls his suspension from Ardmore Junior High School
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Wendell Holland remembers his introduction to the Black Power movement
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Wendell Holland remembers the assassination of Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Wendell Holland talks about the Black Power movement
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Wendell Holland recalls the consequences of the walk out at Lower Merion High School in Ardmore, Pennsylvania
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Wendell Holland describes his decision to attend Fordham University in New York City
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Wendell Holland recalls his introduction to New York City's African American community
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - Wendell Holland describes his academic experiences at Fordham University in New York City
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - Wendell Holland recalls his basketball career at Fordham University
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - Wendell Holland describes his experiences at the Rutgers School of Law in Newark, New Jersey
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - Wendell Holland remembers meeting his wife
  • Tape: 5 Story: 6 - Wendell Holland describes his work with Legal Services of Greater Miami, Inc. in Miami, Florida
  • Tape: 5 Story: 7 - Wendell Holland describes his role at the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission
  • Tape: 5 Story: 8 - Wendell Holland recalls his appointment as commissioner of the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission
  • Tape: 6 Story: 1 - Wendell Holland talks about his law career in the utility industry
  • Tape: 6 Story: 2 - Wendell Holland remembers the inauguration of South African President Nelson Mandela
  • Tape: 6 Story: 3 - Wendell Holland describes his positions at Reed, Smith, Shaw and McClay LLP
  • Tape: 6 Story: 4 - Wendell Holland talks about the privatization of public utilities
  • Tape: 6 Story: 5 - Wendell Holland describes his role at Obermayer Rebmann Maxwell and Hippel LLP
  • Tape: 6 Story: 6 - Wendell Holland talks about his work with the Global Bioscience Development Institute
  • Tape: 6 Story: 7 - Wendell Holland remembers his trade mission to China in 2002
  • Tape: 6 Story: 8 - Wendell Holland talks about the Mid-Atlantic Conference of Regulatory Utilities
  • Tape: 6 Story: 9 - Wendell Holland remembers being honored by the Cradle of Liberty Council
  • Tape: 6 Story: 10 - Wendell Holland describes his board membership at Aqua America, Inc.
  • Tape: 6 Story: 11 - Wendell Holland describes his position at Saul, Ewing, Arnstein and Lehr LLP
  • Tape: 7 Story: 1 - Wendell Holland talks about the privatization of public utilities
  • Tape: 7 Story: 2 - Wendell Holland describes his hopes and concerns for the African American community
  • Tape: 7 Story: 3 - Wendell Holland reflects upon his life
  • Tape: 7 Story: 4 - Wendell Holland reflects upon his legacy
  • Tape: 7 Story: 5 - Wendell Holland talks about his family
  • Tape: 7 Story: 6 - Wendell Holland describes how he would like to be remembered
  • Tape: 7 Story: 7 - Wendell Holland narrates his photographs