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Commissioner Lea Márquez Peterson to Host a “Hispanics in Energy Arizona Forum”

For Immediate Release | 9-23-20

Media Contact |Daniel Schwiebert

Direct |602-542-3625

E-Mail |DPSchwiebert@azcc.gov

Commissioner Lea Márquez Peterson, in partnership with the national organization Hispanics in Energy, is hosting a “Hispanics in Energy Arizona Forum” focused on the topics of supplier and workforce diversity in the energy industry and public utility sector. The first Forum, focused on Supplier Diversity will be held on Tuesday, September 29th from 3p – 5p.  A second Forum focused on Workforce Diversity will be held on Tuesday, October 28th.  The agenda includes presentations by Arizona’s largest electric utilities – APS, SRP and TEP  – as well as the U.S Department of Energy, Chicanos por la Causa, and other organizations that serve the Latino community in Arizona.

Registration is available at no cost at https://conta.cc/2HhTu72, but space is limited.

Commissioner Márquez Peterson is the first Latina to serve in public office in Arizona at a statewide level and is the former President and CEO of the Tucson Hispanic Chamber. She can be reached at lmarquezpeterson-web@azcc.gov.

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About Commissioner Lea Márquez Peterson, MBA, IOM:

Commissioner Lea Márquez Peterson was appointed to the Arizona Corporation Commission by Governor Doug Ducey in May of 2019. She is the first Latina to serve in a statewide seat in the state of Arizona.

Lea has been an entrepreneur in our community for many years and served as the President/ CEO of the Tucson Hispanic Chamber from 2009 until November of 2018. The Tucson Hispanic Chamber serves the business community in the bilingual, bi-cultural region of the Arizona-Sonora border and was recognized as the Hispanic Chamber of the Year in 2013 by the U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce.

Lea is proud to have won a four-way primary race for Congress in Arizona Congressional District 2 in 2018. Prior to her leadership at the Chamber, she previously served as the Executive Director for Greater Tucson Leadership (GTL) from 2005 to 2009 and owned and operated a Business Brokerage Firm from 2005 to 2009 and a chain of six gasoline stations / convenience stores with 50 employees from 1998 to 2005 in the Tucson region.

Lea has been appointed to serve on the Arizona Judicial Council which advises the Arizona Supreme Court and the Arizona Finance Authority, the state’s bonding authority. She chairs the Board of Directors of Carondelet’s St Mary’s and St Joseph’s Hospitals in Tucson and is the former Chair of the Pima Association of Governments’ Economic Vitality Committee. She serves on the Boards of the University of Arizona Foundation and the Pima County Workforce Investment Board and is the President of the National Association of Women Business Owners in Tucson. She also serves on the national Small Business Development Council advisory board for the U.S Small Business Administration.

She received her undergraduate degrees in Marketing and Entrepreneurship from the University of Arizona, and her Master of Business Administration from Pepperdine University. She resides in Tucson and is married with two children.

Twitter: @LeaPeterson
LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/leamarquezpeterson/

The Arizona Corporation Commission was established by the state’s constitution to regulate public utilities and business incorporation. The Corporation Commission is Arizona’s co-equal, fourth branch of government. The five Commissioners elected to the Corporation Commission oversee executive, legislative, and judicial proceedings on behalf of Arizonans when it comes to their water, electricity, telephone, and natural gas resources as well as the regulation of securities, pipeline, and railroad safety. To learn more about the Arizona Corporation Commission and its Commissioners, visit http://azcc.gov.

 

 

 

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