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Ambassadors of the Minorities in Energy Initiative

Ambassadors gather with Secretary Ernest Moniz, Director Dot Harris, and speakers from the White House Forum on Minorities in Energy, a dialogue on diversity in the energy sector held on Wednesday, November 13, 2013.

Ambassadors gather with Secretary Ernest Moniz, Director Dot Harris, and speakers from the White House Forum on Minorities in Energy, a dialogue on diversity in the energy sector held on Wednesday, November 13, 2013.

The Ambassadors of the Minorities in Energy Initiative were announced by Secretary Ernest Moniz on November 13, 2013. These senior-level leaders have committed to lending their voice to the mission of the Minorities in Energy Initiative through outreach and strategic planning. These Ambassadors are passionate about engaging minorities in all aspects of the energy sector, with a special focus on energy economic development, STEM education, and climate change.

View the Ambassadors' full bios here.

  • Nina Davuluri, Miss America 2014

  • Emily Duong, External Vice President Mid Atlantic Union of Vietnamese Students Association

  • Rodney Ellis, State Senator for Texas' 13th state senate district

  • Sarah EchoHawk, President, American Indian Science and Engineering Society

  • Robert Gee, President and Founder, Gee Strategies Group

  • Jack Gerard, President CEO, American Petroleum Institute

  • Mauro Gregorio, Business President for Energy Solutions, Dow Chemical

  • William R. Harvey, Ph.D., President, Hampton University

  • Michelle L. Holiday, President, Michelle Holiday and Associates

  • Freeman Hrabowski, Ph.D., President, University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC)

  • Janice Bryant Howroyd, Founder, ACT-1

  • Randa Fahmy Hudome, former U.S. Associate Deputy Secretary of Energy, Fahmy Hudome International

  • Marie Johns, Former SBA Administrator, L&L Consulting - a division of Leftwich & Ludaway, LLC

  • Irving Pressley McPhail, Ph.D., President, National Action Council for Minorities in Engineering

  • Hazel O’Leary, former Secretary of Energy

  • Michael Rencheck, President and CEO, AREVA, Inc.

  • Bill Richardson, former Governor of New Mexico and former Secretary of Energy

  • Carmichael Roberts, Partner at North Bridge Venture Partners

  • Susan M. Taylor, author, former editor of Essence magazine and Founder/CEO of the National CARES Mentoring Movement

  • Trent Tucker, retired NBA player

  • Christine Todd Whitman, former Governor of New Jersey and EPA Administrator

  • Daniel Wildcat, Ph.D., Professor at Haskell Indian Nations University

Department of Energy Champions

  • Cynthia Anderson, Senior Advisor, STEM advocate, National Nuclear Security Administration, Department of Energy
  • Dimitri Kusnezov, Chief Scientist & Senior Advisor to the Secretary, National Nuclear Security Administration, Department of Energy
  • John Moon, General Engineer, Office of Environmental Management
  • Tony Baylis, Director, Strategic Diversity Programs, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, Department of Energy
  • Pilar Thomas, Deputy Director, Office of Indian Energy, Department of Energy

Honorary Ambassadors

  • Senator Mary Landrieu (D-LA)

  • Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK)

  • Representative Bobby Rush (D-IL)

  • Representative Eddie Bernice Johnson (D-TX)

  • Representative Joe Garcia (D-FL)