California Utilities Diversity Council

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Cable, Electricity, Natural Gas, Wireless Communications & Water

Michael R. Peevey, President, California Public Utilities Commission, Latino Journal's "Champion of Diversity."

President Peevey Recognized by Latino Journal as "Champion of Diversity"

President Michael R. Peevey, CPUC, was honored by the Latino Journal before 400 statewide, regional and local community, government and corporate leaders in Sacramento on January 15, 2013.

The event was coordinated with the 26-member Latino Legislative Caucus.
Ron L. Litzinger, president of Southern California Edison (SCE), was also recognized as a "Champion of Diversity".

Commissioner Carla Peterman (CPUC),  SCE President Ron Litzinger, Commissioner Catherine J.K. Sandoval and Jose L. Perez at the reception.

Joining the Latino Journal were Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones, Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson, Assembly Member Connie Conway (Chair of the Republican Caucus); and Senator Robert Huff.

Latino Legislative Caucus Vice Chair, Assembly Member V. Manuel Perez, introduced the legislators.

Recognized for their "Inclusion of Hispanic Executives" were PG&E (Jesus Soto accepting the award) and Sempra Energy Utilities (Dennis Arriola accepting the award).

David Lizarraga and Nancy Smith-Taylor flank Dennis Arriola, president of Southern California Gas

Assembly Member Roger Dickenson (D-Sacramento), Jose L. Perez, Jesus Soto (SVP of PG&E Gas Transmission Operations) and Joe Alderete (SCE) pose for this photo at the reception.

This was one of the best receptions of its 14-year history.

For a highlight in photos please click here.

CUDC Vision and Goals


To be a resource to, and work collaboratively with, the California Public Utilities Commission and the regulated utilities to promote and facilitate California's rich diversity by using population demographic data (2010 Census) as a guide to enhance the quality of the utilities diversity focused on governance, procurement and banking, employment, customer service, marketing and philanthropy. 


1. To provide leadership and be a visible and active organization working with and advising the California Public Utilities Commission and the regulated utilities, and other entities such as Governor's Office, the State Legislature, the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissions, White House, and Congress on diversity issues related to public utilities.

2. To review, assess, and provide feedback on CPUC, utility and legislative proposals to ensure that the impact on diversity is addressed.

3.  To facilitate and promote outreach to the diverse business and consumer communities whose development is important to the economic well-being of California.

4.  To prepare and distribute an annual report highlighting the accomplishments of the California Utilities Diversity Council.

5.  To assist the CPUC with its annual public hearing on diversity (En Banc) and invite business, labor, government and community leaders to educate and inform the CPUC and utilities on utility progress on diversity and provide relevant statistics on procurement, employment, customer service, marketing and philanthropy. 

Gwen Moore Honored for her Vision in Supplier Diversity

Former Assembly Member Gwen Moore was the center of appreciation as hundreds joined to thank her for her legislation 24 years ago that last year made it possible to spend over $7 billion on diverse businesses by California utility companies.

The event held in Pasadena was long over due. 

Thank you so much Gwen!

A collaboration between the
Latino Journal and the
California Public Utilities Commission


Next Regular Meeting
July 25, 2014

Los Angeles Area Chamber
of Commerce

350 S. Bixel Street
Los Angeles, CA 90017
10:00 AM to 2:00 PM
Host: Verizon

CUDC members only

Mailing Address and
Contact Information:

Attn: Jose L. Perez
1017 L Street PMB 306
Sacramento, CA  95814 

State Controller John Chiang joins Ann Shen Smith, the new president and ceo of Southern California Gas Company with Jose L. Perez, chair of the CUDC.

2013 CUDC Leadership

Jose L. Perez, Chair
Scott Drury, SDG&E, Co-Vice Chair
Gwen Moore, Co-Vice Chair
Nancy Zarenda, Co-Vice Chair

Committee Leadership
    Joan Kerr, PG&E, Chair
    Debbie Lumpkin, SCE, Vice Chair
    Nancy Smith-Taylor, SDG&E, Chair
    Frank J. Quevedo, Chair
    Kimberly Freeman, SCG, Vice-Chair
    Betsy Berkhemer-Credaire, Chair
Customer Service and Marketing
    Andy Carrasco, Chair
4th Diverse Advertising and
Media Outreach Forum - July 24, 2014

Click on  the photo to register on-line:

California Public Utilities Commission Plans Its Annual "En Banc" on Diversity for October 9, 2014 at USC in Los Angeles, CA

The top executives of companies doing business in California regularly appear before the Commissioners to share progress and some continuing challenges.  The companies generally included:

San Diego Gas & Electric
Southern California Edison
Southern California Gas

Several others participated in the audience.

The spirit of the CPUC's supplier diversity program is to foster new entrepreneurs and new opportunities beyond the status quo.

The hearing was held all day on October 9, 2012 at the USC Bovard Auditorium.

See copy of the agenda.

Governor Brown Appoints First Hispanic to the 100 year-old California Public Utilities Commission

The first Latina Rhodes Scholar has also become the first Hispanic to serve as commissioner of the powerful California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC).

If confirmed by the State Senate, Sandoval's term on the CPUC will expire in 2007.

Sandoval, who was born and raised in a humble neighborhood of Los Angeles, received a top education.  She received her law degree from Stanford Law School, a Master of Letters in political science from Oxford, where she was a Rhodes Scholar and a B. A. from Yale.

Prior to coming to the CPUC, she worked as an associate professor at Santa Clara University School of Law and before that she served as undersecretary and senior policy advisor for housing with the Business Transportation and Housing Agency.

She also served as vice president and general counsel for Z-Spanish Media Corporation and was director of the Office of Communications Business Opportunities for the Federal Communications Commission.

While living in Sacramento, Sandoval was also active with the Sacramento Hispanic Chamber of Commerce.

During her Senate confirmation hearing Sandoval was given a standing ovation for her outstanding qualifications and excellent preparation for her duty of the CPUC and for being the first Hispanic appointee to the commission. 

Commissioner Catherine J.K. Sandoval