Biography

Commissioner Swati Dandekar (IA)

Chair Emeritus

Swati Dandekar officially began serving on the Iowa Utilities Board (IUB) on September 19, 2011. Governor Terry Branstad appointed her to fill a vacated Board Member seat, which runs through April 30, 2015.

Prior to joining the IUB Board, Commissioner Dandekar served in the Iowa House of Representatives from 2002 until 2008 and was the first person of Indian origin to win a seat to the Iowa House of Representatives. She was elected to the Iowa Senate in 2008 where she served until her appointment to the Commission in 2011. She was the Chair of the Senate Commerce Committee, vice-chair of the Economic Development Budget Subcommittee, and served as Chair of the National Foundation for Women Legislators (NFWL) 2010-2011 and remains an active member of NFWL's Board of Directors.

Commissioner Dandekar is currently a member of the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners (NARUC) and serves on the NARUC Committee on Telecommunications. She is also a member of the Mid-American Regulatory Conference (MARC), and serves as the IUB representative to the Advisory Council of the Iowa Energy Center in Ames.

Commissioner Dandekar has a bachelor's degree in biology and chemistry from Nagpur University and a post graduate diploma in dietetics from Bombay University in India. She has served on the Linn-Mar School Board, Iowa Association of School Boards, the Vision Iowa Board, U.S. Center for Citizen Diplomacy, Iowa Math and Science Coalition, Greater Cedar Rapids Foundation, Belin-Blank International Center for Gifted and Talented, Iowa Innovation Council, and Iowa Public Health Commission.

She and her husband Arvind live in Marion, Iowa. Arvind is President & CEO of Fastek International, a software development firm. They have two sons Ajai and Govind who are graduates of Stanford University. Dr. Ajai Dandekar and his wife Dr. Allison Cole live in Seattle, Washington with their son Evan. Govind works for Google as a Financial Analyst and he and his wife, Shaneeda, reside in Palo Alto, California.