September 15 through October 15 is Hispanic Heritage Month. To honor this observance, here are four Hispanic leaders that are making a mark on the energy sector, from researchers and policy-makers, to advocates for diversity in the industry.
Dr. Dan Arvizu: Former Director at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory
Dr. Dan Arvizu, a Mexican American, was the eighth director of the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), the U.S. Department of Energy's primary research center for renewable energy and energy efficiency research and development. He retired in September, 2015 after holding the position for 10 years. In addition, he previously served as chairman of the National Science Board. His work experience also includes serving on the American Council on Renewable Energy advisory board, the Singapore International Advisory Panel on Energy, and the board of the Colorado Energy Research Authority.
Mario Molina: Atmospheric Chemist
Mario Molina is a Mexican chemist and one of the most prominent precursors to the discovery of the Antarctic ozone hole. He has served as a professor at the University of California, San Diego and the Center for Atmospheric Sciences at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography. Most notably, Molina became the first Mexican-born citizen to be win a Nobel Prize when he earned the prestigious award in Chemistry in 1995. He now serves as a climate policy adviser to President of Mexico, Enrique Peña Nieto.
Cecilia Muñoz: Director of Domestic Policy Council
Cecilia Muñoz currently serves as director of the White House Domestic Policy Council (DPC). As part of her role, Muñoz has been involved in overseeing coordination of the White House's global efforts to address the threat of climate change. Prior to working for the White House, she was Senior Vice President for the Office of Research, Advocacy and Legislation at the National Council of La Raza (NCLR), the largest Latino advocacy organization in the United States.
José L. Pérez : Chairman & CEO of Hispanics in Energy
José L. Pérez serves as chairman and CEO of Hispanics in Energy (HIE), a community-driven, non-profit organization designed to facilitate Hispanic inclusion in America's energy industry. Pérez has been a leader in promoting diversity in the energy and utility industries throughout his career. He co-founded the California Utilities Diversity Council (CUDC) in 2003, as well as the National Utilities Diversity Council (NUDC) in 2008, and served as president of the organization for three years. In 2014, he was featured in the publication Latino Leaders as one of the nation's "Most Influential Latinos in Energy".