CONNEX First Friday: “Underrepresented in Clean Energy”
Friday, May 1 at 11 a.m.
Calling all clean energy entrepreneurs!
New Energy Nexus will celebrate this May Day with a CONNEX First Friday virtual event. Our theme is “Underrepresented in Clean Energy” and we will be hosting a panel of clean energy entrepreneurs: Brett Isaac (Navajo Power), Susie Wong (Asians in Energy), and Taj Ahmad Eldridge (LACI), with Aneri Pradhan (ENVenture) moderating a panel. We’re excited this event falls on May Day as we honor its importance in history and come out of COVID-19 looking toward opportunities to build a more inclusive clean economy in America.
Since 2015, clean energy has created 10.7% of all new jobs in the U.S., putting people to work in sectors like energy efficiency, renewable generation, and advanced mobility. How can we leverage this growth to ensure the great diversity of California is included and benefits from the boom that will surely come as we divest from fossil fuels and invest in 100% clean energy for 100% of the population? Let’s talk to the experts!
Asian Americans in Public Finance, Asians in Energy & National Association of Bond Lawyers Invite You
To a Joint Mixer Welcoming Guest Speaker Genevieve Shiroma, Commissioner, California Public Utilities Commission
Please RSVP by October 23, 2019
to AAPF/AIE/NABL Joint Reception RSVP
DON’T MISS #ASIANSENERGY19
SIGNIFICANT OPPORTUNITIES IN THE FUTURE ENERGY ECONOMY FROM STATE GOVERNMENT FINANCING TO GROW YOUR BUSINESS
Join Asians in Energy on October 24, 2019 in Los Angeles for our 2019 Summit. Hear from an influential group of advanced energy business leaders and policymakers from the state and across the region.
State Sen. Lena Gonzalez
In June 2019, Senator Lena Gonzalez was elected to the State Senate to represent the 33rd District, where she sits on the Senate Health Committee, Senate Judiciary Committee, and Joint Legislative Audit Committee. Prior to being elected to the Senate, Gonzalez served on the Long Beach City Council from 2014-2019 and worked in the private sector for Microsoft, leading civic engagement investments for the Los Angeles region.
Gonzalez graduated with her B.A. in Political Science from California State University, Long Beach, and M.B.A. from Loyola Marymount University. Senator Gonzalez lives in downtown Long Beach with her husband Adam and their three sons Zorion, Ethan, and Luca.
State Sen. Ben Allen
Luncheon Keynote and Honoree
California State Senator Ben Allen was elected in 2014 to represent the 26th Senate District, covering the Westside, Hollywood and coastal South Bay communities of Los Angeles County.
Ben serves as chair of the Senate Environmental Quality Committee and the legislature’s Joint Committee on the Arts. He is a member of the Senate Committees on Natural Resources and Water, and Governmental Organization. He is chair of the Select Committee on Aerospace and Defense, is chair of the Legislative Jewish Caucus and co-chair of the Environmental Caucus. He served as chair of the Education Committee from 2017-2019 and as chair of the Senate Elections and Constitutional Amendments Committee from 2015-2016.
Southern California Gas Company Chief Operating Officer Jimmie Cho
Lunchtime Corporate Energy Leader
Previously, he was senior vice president of customer service for SoCalGas and gas distribution operations for SoCalGas and San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E). Before that, Cho held increasingly responsible management roles in the areas of gas transmission and storage operations; engineering and major projects; human resources, diversity and inclusion; customer communications, research and web strategy; safety and emergency services; and customer service field operations.
Featured panels include:
- Accelerating deployment of state government financing for advanced energy technologies. Hear from the State Treasurer’s Office, State Infrastructure Bank, State Go-Biz, and California Energy Commission, in addition to the Port of Los Angeles.
- Entrepreneurs and start-ups shaping electric transportation, the sharing economy and commercial solar. Hear from innovative companies expanding and formed just in the past decade, including those accelerated by state government finance to shape the future energy economy.
- $1.4 billion state government financing this fiscal year from Cap-and-Trade Funding benefiting business and communities across the state. Hear from leaders and experts from the state’s housing program, High Speed Rail, Caltrans new small business mentor program, and more.
Our summit wraps up with a social networking reception. Bring your business cards! We will raffle off two $100 Amazon gift cards. This summit is designed for such professionals as entrepreneurs, building contractors, developers, engineers, architects, attorneys, local officials, and others interested in the future energy economy.
Thursday, October 24, 2019
“Entrepreneur and Small Business Opportunities in the New Energy Economy”
9:30 a.m. – 4 p.m.
California Science Center
Wallis Annenberg Building
700 Exposition Park Dr.
Los Angeles, CA 90037
Free parking for registrants.
Click here to download a printable map.
Click here to download a program.
This is a no cost summit with lunch and networking social. Don’t miss it!
For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call (916) 977-0628.
Join Asians in Energy President and CEO Susie Wong Sept. 12-13, 2018 in Portland, Oregon, for the Shades of Green Forum. This two-day conference will bring together a diverse group of professionals for a candid discussion about the state of diversity within the energy industry, as well as a facilitated workshop around diversity best practices, strategies and actions.
She will be a speaker on the Sept. 12 panel discussion “Impact of Energy Policy on Diversity.” More information is available in the Shades of Green Forum program.
Attendees will leave with meaningful takeaways that can be implemented to move organizations further along the path to diversity, inclusion and equity.
ENERGY SOLUTIONS BY 2030
ASIANS IN ENERGY & HISPANICS IN ENERGY
Friday, May 18, 2018
10 a.m.—3 p.m.
Chinese Culture Center of San Francisco
Auditorium, Floor 3
At Energy Solutions by 2030 you will have an opportunity to:
Gain insight into the top energy sector issues:
- Electric Vehicle Cars for Neighborhoods Coming to SF Bay Area—Short Term Rentals Using Application on Cell
- New Jobs and Training for the Workforce Needs of the Clean Energy Industry
- Integration of the Clean Grid
- Accessing Millions from State Government for clean community projects such as Transportation, Transit-Oriented Affordable Housing, Urban Greening, Solar Installation, more
Hear from industry leaders like:
9:30 a.m. Registration opens
10—10:15 a.m. Opening Remarks
Susie Y. Wong, President & CEO of Asians in Energy
José L. Perez, Chair & CEO of Hispanics In Energy
10:15—10:45 a.m. How Advanced Technologies Support an Evolving Grid
Facilitator: Ali Chowdhury, Ph.D, MBA
Vice President of Transmission and Utility
Interconnections at 8minutenergy Renewables
• Heather Sanders, Special Advisor of the Energy Division at
California Public Utilities Commission
• Shucheng Liu, Ph.D., Principal, Market Development at
California ISO (CAISO)
10:45—11:15 a.m. The Future of Transportation is Electric: Transitioning to Cleaner Transportation
• Yunshi Wang, Director of China Center for Energy and
Transportation at UC Davis Institute of Transportation Studies
• Katie Pickrell, Principal, Clean Transportation Strategy,
Pacific Gas & Electric Company
• Aric Ohana, Co-Founder of Envoy Technologies
11:15—11:45 a.m. Preparing for the Transition: Meeting the Workforce Needs of the Advanced Energy Economy
Facilitator: David R. Baker, Energy Reporter, San Francisco Chronicle
• Peter Crabtree, Dean of Academic and Student Affairs,
Career and Technical Education, Laney College
• Dana Howard, Director of Communications at the
California Conservation Corps
• Elmy Bermejo, President of the San Francisco Commission on
the Environment and former U.S. Department of Labor West
Coast Regional Representative for former Labor Secretary
11:45–12:45 p.m. LUNCH
Noon—12:15 p.m. Awards Presentation: Honoring “Energy Visionary Leaders”
• Catherine Sandoval, Professor, Santa Clara University School of
Law and former Commissioner, California Public Utilities
• Ortensia Lopez, Co-Chair of Greenlining Institute and
Executive Director, El Concilio of San Mateo County
12:30—12:50 p.m. Overview of California Climate Investments and Delivering Benefits to Communities statewide
• Strategic Growth Council
Coral Abbott, Associate Planner, California Strategic Growth Council
12:50—1:10 p.m. Affordable Housing Sustainable Communities Program— Investments in Projects that Support Compact, Infill and Transit-Oriented Development
• California Housing and Community Development
Craig Shields, Section Chief of Affordable Housing and Sustainable Communities
1:10–1:25 p.m. Increasing Energy Efficiency and Creating Customer Savings Through New Community Solar Pilot Projects
• Department of Community Services and Development
Glen Baird, Disadvantaged Communities Liaison for the Low–Income Weatherization Program
1:25–1:45 p.m. Clean Transportation Incentives—Clean Mobility Options
• California Air Resources Board
Ambreen Afshan, Disadvantaged Communities Liaison for Low Carbon Transportation Investments
1:45—2 p.m. Active Modes of Transportation—A Cultural Shift Toward Mainstreaming Bicycle and Pedestrian Projects into the California Transportation System
Active Transportation Resource Center, California Department of Public Health
Victoria Custodio, Health Education Consultant III at the Active Transportation Center
2—2:55 p.m. BREAKOUT DISCUSSION: ORGANIZING FOR INVESTMENTS IN THE SAN FRANCISCO BAY AREA
(Each 10-minute breakout group led by state agency representative)
- Affordable Housing and Sustainable Communities
- Clean Transportation Incentives
- Active Modes of Transportation
- Love-Income Weatherization Program
2:55 p.m. Closing Remarks (3 minutes)
Agenda is subject to change