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Commissioner Sadzi Martha Oliva
Illinois Corporation Commission - CLICK IMAGES
Commissioner Sadzi Martha Oliva, Illinois Commerce Commission based in Chicago, is a strong champion of diversity and inclusivity in the utility industry. She is the appointed chair of the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commission (NARUC), Subcommittee on Workforce and Supplier Diversity and the first Latina to serve on the Board of Directors of the nation's highly influential utility regulatory group in America. Oliva, a Cuban American, is an attorney and highly sought after to be a speaker in national forums.

Commissioner Oliva, first Latina to serve on the Illinois Commerce Commission (ICC), first Latina to serve on the Board of Directors of the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners (NARUC), and first Latina to Chair the NARUC Subcommittee on Supplier and Workforce Diversity.
Commissioner Sadzi Martha Oliva, ICC, was recognized by Hispanics In Energy (HIE) on February 12, 2020 at the 2020 Energy Legislative Summit at the American Petroleum Institute Headquarters in Washington D.C. From left to right: Judge Nelson Diaz, Lewis Binswanger, Nancy Zarenda, José L. Pérez , Commissioner Sadzi Martha Oliva, Congressman Tony Cardenas (D-CA), Monica Martinez and Joseph Dominguez (Chairman of HIE).
Arturo Vargas
Chief Executive Officer

Quality Latino
Civic Leadership
Arturo Vargas, CEO of NALEO since 1994, has nurtured the civic engagement by America's 60 million Latinos. Today, NALEO boasts 6,700 plus Latino elected officials in the country. NALEO also closely monitors the 2020 Census and Latino voter participation. Sources indicate there are 32 million Latinos eligible to vote in the 2020 Presidential Election. There is also considerable Latino participation growth occurring in the public sector from small special local districts to Congress. In 2016 Republican Senators Ted Cruz, and Marco Rubio, competed for the Republican nomination for president. NALEO holds America's largest annual gathering of Latino elected officials in the country and normally enjoys visits from the top candidates for president. Congratulations, Arturo, and keep up the great work that is critical to our democracy!
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Based in San Antonio, TX
Hispanic Association of Colleges & Universities
The Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities (HACU) was established in 1986 with a founding membership of eighteen institutions. Because of HACU’s exemplary leadership on behalf of the nation’s youngest and fastest-growing population, the Association rapidly grew in numbers and national impact.

Today, HACU represents more than 500 colleges and universities committed to Hispanic higher education success in the U.S., Puerto Rico, Latin America, Spain and U.S. School Districts. Although their member institutions in the U.S. represent only 17% of all higher education institutions nationwide, together they are home to two-thirds of all Hispanic college students. HACU is the only national educational association that represents Hispanic-Serving Institutions (HSIs).
Minnesota's Champion of Energy Inclusion & Diversity
Senator Patricia Torres Ray (63-DFL)
State of Minnesota
Minnesota State Senator Patricia Torres Ray, a Colombian-American, is a well known champion of education and a woman who knows how to get things done. In 2019, after partnering with Hispanics In Energy on an energy policy forum, she authored legislation to study the issue of procurement and employment diversity in the $34 billion energy business in Minnesota. Her action resulted in the creation of an Energy Utility Diversity Group (EUDG) by the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission under the leadership of Chair Katie Sieben. EUDG, representing key stakeholders, prepared a Report to the Legislature in 2020, the first of its kind. Click here for a copy of the report prepared by the EUDG.  
Careers On The Move - Congratulations!
Cesar Conde
NBC Universal International Group and NBCUniversal Telemundo Enterprises
Miami, Florida
Susana Santana
Vice President
Legislative Strategy
Sacramento, California
Mart í n Montes
Vice President
Large Customer Services
Chicago, Illinois
Rep. Ben Ray Luján (D-NM), Assistant Speaker of the House of Representatives, was b orn and raised in New Mexico, and grew up in Nambé, a small farming community north of Santa Fe, bordered by the pueblos of Nambé and Pojoaque. There, he learned the time-honored traditions and values of New Mexico from his family and community. Before joining the House of Representatives, he held a seat on the powerful New Mexico Public Regulation Commission and served as its chair between 2005-2007. Today, he sits on the powerful House Committee on Energy and Commerce. He is running to replace U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D) who is finishing up his second six-year term in office and who decided not to run for re-election. Luján is on the June 2 Primary ballot. One of his challengers is Elisa Martinez, from Gallup, NM who has strong ties with the Libre Initiative that cultivates Hispanic leadership on behalf of the Republican party.
Rep. Raúl M. Grijalva (D-AZ)
Chairman, Natural Resources Committee

The House Committee on Natural Resources considers legislation and oversees federal conservation and species protection programs under the leadership of Chairman Raúl M. Grijalva.
  • Energy & Mineral Resources
  • National Parks Forests & Public Lands
  • Water, Oceans, & Wildlife
  • Indigenous Peoples of the USA
  • Oversight & Investigations
Rep. Nydia M. Velázquez (D-NY)
Chairwoman, Small Business Committee

Small businesses form the backbone of our economy. They account for half of our gross domestic product, more than half of our jobs, and three-fourths of new jobs created each year. Leading this growth in recent years have been women and minority enterprises. Small businesses also contribute innovations in manufacturing, technology and services. Many of the biggest household name brands started out small, with just a few employees.