Gary Davis (Cherokee Nation), Founder, Publisher and CEO of Native Business, has been appointed to the U.S. Department of Energy’s first slate of Equity in Energy Ambassadors.
The U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Office of Economic Impact and Diversity has named Gary Davis as an Ambassador for its Equity in Energy Program, a key feature of the agency’s push for an energy economy for everyone.
“I look forward to my new role as an ambassador for the Equity in Energy Program and working to increase opportunities in the energy sector for all minority groups, including Native Americans,” said Davis (Cherokee Nation), Founder, Publisher and CEO of Native Business, and Executive Director of the Native American Financial Services Association. “The energy economy is a sustainable pathway to self-sufficiency. By developing the vast energy resources across Indian Country, and engaging the Native American and local workforce, we have the potential to transform our economic future.”
The appointment marks Davis’ second ambassadorship for a federal energy initiative. In 2015, he was appointed as an Ambassador of the DOE’s Minorities in Energy Initiative under U.S. Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz during the Obama Administration.
The Ambassadors for the Equity in Energy Program are high-profile individuals from academia, energy companies, and community organizations, who will be sharing updates about Equity in Energy with their networks, attending Equity in Energy events, and speaking out about the importance of diversity in energy. The DOE also announced the appointment of Champions, which are U.S. Department of Energy leaders who are tasked with evaluating their portfolios to ensure every possible measure is being taken for outreach, support, and full accessibility for all.
“We are a world energy leader, and we must include and expand the participation of underserved communities across the energy landscape,” said Secretary Dan Brouillette. “Equity in Energy’s Ambassadors and Champions can open the door to a future that is filled with opportunity and promise.”
The Office of Economic Impact and Diversity developed the Equity in Energy initiative to expand minorities, women, veteran, and formerly incarcerated persons participation rate in energy jobs, energy procurements, and energy accessibility. In these commonly underserved communities, links are often missing to information about engaging in the energy economy and resources to get affordable access to energy.
“America’s energy landscape is continuing to change, and so is its demographic makeup,” said James Campos, Director of the Office of Economic Impact and Diversity. “Our Ambassadors and Champions know that a diverse approach is critical to success, and the demand for energy workers will be challenging to meet if the workforce does not reflect the diversity of the population.”
As Campos previously told Native Business, Native Americans make up 2-3% of the nation’s population, “but it’s much larger in terms of energy output and capacity,” he said. “Energy is our new economy, it is our new currency, and Native Americans play a large part in this equation.”
Selections of the Ambassadors and Champions were made by the Office of Economic Impact and Diversity for two-year terms. Ambassadors represent a broad cohort of the energy sector and communities that the Equity in Energy Initiative seeks to reach, and work in fields connected to the Initiative’s focal areas of STEM enhancement, technical assistance, supplier diversity, energy affordability, and workforce development.
In addition to Davis, the Equity in Energy Ambassadors include:
Dr. Roslyn Artis, President, Benedict College
Julian Canete, Chairman, California Hispanic Chambers of Commerce
Emily M. Dickens, J.D. Corporate Secretary, Chief of Staff, and Head, Government Affairs, Society for Human Resource Management
Thomas Dortch, Chairman, 100 Black Men of America
Dr. Antonio R. Flores, President, Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities
Robert W. Gee, President & Board Member, Asian Americans in Energy, the Environment and Commerce
Dr. Pandwe Gibson, President and Founder, EcoTech Visions
Michelle L. Holiday, President, Michelle Holiday & Associates
Abigail Ross Hopper, President and CEO, Solar Energy Industries Association
Bill Koetzle, Senior Vice President of Government Affairs, American Petroleum Institute
Anthony Livanios, Founder, U.S. Energy Stream
Janette Marx, CEO, Airswift
Katie Mehnert, CEO, Pink Petro and Experience Energy
José Pérez, President & CEO, Hispanics in Energy
Gil C. Quiniones, President and CEO, New York Power Authority
Tony F. Sanchez III, Executive Vice President, Business Development and External Relations, NV Energy
J. Michael Treviño, Principal, Treviño & Company
Brian L. Wolff, Executive Vice President, Public Policy and External Affairs, Edison Electric Institute
Andrea Korney, Vice President of Sustainability, Frostbyte Consulting
Equity in Energy Champions
Nick Andersen, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Infrastructure Security and Energy Restoration, Office of Cybersecurity, Energy Security, and Emergency Response
Dr. Rita Baranwal, Assistant Secretary, Office of Nuclear Energy
Dr. Chris Fall, Director, Office of Science
Kevin R. Frost, Director, Office of Indian Energy Policy and Programs
Cheryl Ingstad, Director, Office of Artificial Intelligence
Conner Prochaska, Chief Commercialization Officer, Office of Technology Transitions
Daniel R. Simmons, Assistant Secretary, Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy
Charles R. Smith, Director, Office of Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization
Steven Winberg, Assistant Secretary, Office of Fossil Energy
Additional information about the Equity in Energy initiative can be found at energy.gov/diversity.