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Hernandez Joins National Policy Institute on Energy

Councilman Gene Hernandez Joined Former U.S. Interior Secretary Ken Salazar and Other Latino Policymakers for National Policy Institute on Energy

Two-day event equipped Gene and more than 50 other Latino officials with the skills needed to address our nation’s current and future energy needs

Long Beach, CA. – Council Member Gene Hernandez joined the National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials (NALEO) Educational Fund, the nation’s preeminent Latino leadership organization, and more than 50 Latino elected and appointed officials from across the country for the group’s National Policy Institute on Energy .

The two-day Institute, held in Long Beach, Calif., featured opening remarks from Former U.S. Interior Secretary Ken Salazar. During the Institute, Hernandez and other participants had the opportunity to engage with national, regional and industry experts, private sector representatives and other key stakeholders who helped deepen their understanding of the most pressing energy policy issues facing the nation today.

“One of the most significant challenges facing elected officials remains reliable, clean, and inexpensive renewable energy,” stated Councilman Hernandez. “This will be our legacy to future generations of Americans”

NALEO Educational Fund’s National Policy Institute on Energy also provided Councilman Hernandez and other Latino policymakers with the opportunity to network with colleagues and experts from throughout the country as they discussed various policy approaches for meeting our nation’s current and future energy needs. Gene covered the following during the program:

  • The Current and Future Needs Energy Needs in the United States

  • Economic Trends in the Energy Sector and their Effect on State and Local Economies

  • An Overview of Various Energy Sources

  • The Future of Energy Delivery (Utilities)

  • Energy and Climate Change

  • Concurrent Sessions on Meeting the Workforce Needs in the Energy Sector and Cybersecurity for Critical Energy Infrastructure

Other speakers at this year’s Institute included U.S. Department of Energy Deputy Assistant Secretary for Intergovernmental and External Affairs Francisco Carrillo, and City of Long Beach Mayor Robert Garcia.

This event was made possible through the generous support of Title Sponsor, California Resources Corporation. A full schedule and list of speakers is available on the NALEO Educational Fund website at

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