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Economi Summitt: CA Hispanic Chamber of Commerce // Long Beach

Economi Summitt: CA Hispanic Chamber of Commerce // Los Angeles

Hispanic Small Businesses: The Impact of Sustainable Water & Power

The California Hispanic Chambers of Commerce recognizes that the number one priority for California residents and businesses is job growth and economic sustainability. Sustainable water and power have become the core of political and economic debates in California.


Friday March 18, 2016 from 12:00 PM to 7:00 PM PDT
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700 Queensway Drive
Long Beach, CA 90802


The State of Hispanic Businesses in California

Mayor Robert Garcia – City of Long Beach
Dr. Robert Garcia, 38, is an accomplished educator and the 28th Mayor of Long Beach. Mayor Garcia has taken a leadership role in economic development and investing in technology. He is committed to moving Long Beach forward by attracting tech and green jobs, creating new educational partnerships, and making government more efficient.
Rep. Alan Lowenthal – U.S. Congress
During his two-decade tenure as a city council member and California legislator, Congressman Alan Lowenthal’s dedication to common-sense bipartisan solutions earned him a reputation among his colleagues and constituents as one of the most respected and effective legislators in both Long Beach and Sacramento.

Remy Arteaga – Stanford Latino Entrepreneurship Center
Mr. Arteaga is a seasoned professional, who loves to “get things done” and achieve maximum impact. Remy is currently a dedicated, executive director of a world-class entrepreneurship organization that delivers Stanford University Latino entrepreneurship research and executive education programs for Latino business owners.
The historic record-level drought has drawn attention to California’s neglected and unsustainable water management system. Small businesses from across the State have been significantly impacted. The legislature, government agencies, and local water districts continue to search for solutions to this severe issue. The complex, proposed solutions have ignited a division among communities and created the opportunity to develop innovative results.
Victor R. Griego, Jr. – Water Education for Latino Leaders [Moderator]
Mr. Griego is the president of Diverse Strategies for Organizing (DSO), a Los Angeles based public affairs firm specializing in community and government relations. Mr. Griego along with other leaders across California created Water Education for Latino Leaders (WELL). The mission of WELL is to ensure that Latino decision makers – both at the local and state level – have a comprehensive understanding of water policy which will be crucial to their being both participants and leaders in crafting sustainable and successful long-term solutions with benefits to all Californians.
Patti Arlt – Metropolitan Water District of Southern California
Patricia “Patti” Pereda Arlt has 27 years of public service with the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California. Patti has worked in various departments within the agency, giving her experience in public outreach, legislative services, special project management, and a 7-year period as the Staff Assistant to the Chief Executive Officer/General Manager.
Antonio Ortega – Imperial Irrigation District
Mr. Ortega is responsible for coordinating the district’s governmental affairs programs and activities to deliver maximum value from IID’s water and energy resource portfolio. To this end, he promotes IID policies, programs and initiatives through liaison, communication, coordination and interaction with federal, state and regional governmental and legislative agencies.
Martha Montoya – California Department of Food and Agriculture
Ms. Montoya is at the forefront of the dialogue regarding diversity contracting with corporate America, particularly in the media and agricultural industries. She leads several national initiatives to advance the position of Minority owned businesses. Through her work, Martha has forged relationships with Corporate, State and Federal leaders in United States and countries overseas to understand and bring to the table candid conversations to find solutions for the small and minority business advancement.

With electricity bills in the incline, new alternatives for energy have emerged as opportunities to revolutionize this sector. This highly regulated industry has been under scrutiny in the recent years impacting communities and creating unintended consequences across California. Energy infrastructure and safety have also sparked debates and concerns at dinner tables, board rooms, and chambers at all levels of governments. Identifying innovative solutions has become not only a topic of discussion, but a necessity.

Joe Alderete – Cadence Resource Group [Moderator]
Prior to joining Cadence Resource Group, Mr. Alderete was the leader of Southern California Edison’s Supplier Diversity Program – a position he held for over 18 years. In this position, he oversaw the Company’s Women, Minority, and Disabled Veteran Business Programs. In total, Mr. Alderete worked for Edison for over 40 years.
Sam Jammal – SolarCity
Mr. Jammal is Deputy Director for Policy and Electricity Markets and Deputy Regulatory Counsel for SolarCity. SolarCity is a residential and commercial rooftop solar company based in San Mateo, CA. In his role with SolarCity, Sam is a member of the policy team and is focused on community outreach and engagement.
Larry Labrado – Southern California Edison
Mr. Labrado is senior manager of government affairs at Southern California Edison (SCE) and is known for his ability to dissect complex issues, build diverse coalitions, move complicated projects forward and lead high-performing teams. In this capacity Larry leads a team of government and public affairs professionals in Los Angeles, Orange and San Diego Counties who serve as the primary points of contact for business, community and elected leaders.
Jose L. Perez – Hispanics in Energy
Mr. Pérez co-founded the first council of its kind, the California Utilities Diversity Council (CUDC) in 2003, with Michael R. Peevey, who is former president of the California Public Utilities Commission. The CUDC set new benchmarks and led to new achievements in diversity by California-regulated companies. In 2008, José co-founded another first council of its kind, the National Utilities Diversity Council (NUDC), and served as its president for three years creating national awareness and synergistic efforts toward reaching diversity goals.
Celebrating Hispanic Small Businesses
March 18 2016


Start: 03/18/2016
End: 03/19/2016
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