Jenifer French was selected as Chairwoman of the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio (PUCO) in 2021 by Governor Mike DeWine. French served as a judge on the Franklin County Common Pleas Court for six years, and presided over civil, criminal felony and administrative cases. French has additional experience in the private sector, where she worked as a civil litigator for 14 years. She represented clients in business and insurance litigation, as well as represented both plaintiffs and defendants in complex civil litigation. French holds a Juris Doctorate from Thomas Jefferson School of Law. She earned a Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice from The Ohio State University. French previously served on the Westerville City Council, which included service as Vice Mayor.