José L. Pérez
Chairman & CEO
José L. Pérez co-founded the first council of its kind, the California Utilities Diversity Council (CUDC) in 2003, with Michael R. Peevey, who is former president of the California Public Utilities Commission. The CUDC set new benchmarks and led to new achievements in diversity by California-regulated companies. In 2008, José co-founded another first council of its kind, the National Utilities Diversity Council (NUDC), and served as its president for three years creating national awareness and synergistic efforts toward reaching diversity goals.
Mr. Pérez has provided visionary leadership in promoting diversity in the new energy economy from Sacramento, California to Washington, DC. José is a national speaker on diversity, public policy, community and business partnerships, and finance in the energy and utility industries. He has presented at the National Association of Hispanics Publications in Washington D.C., National Association of Regulated Utility Commissioners (NARUC) in Denver and San Francisco, National Council of La Raza in New Orleans and the Mexican American Engineering Society in San Diego. In 2014, José was featured in as one of the nation’s “Most Influential Latinos in Energy” in Latino Leaders, a national printed publication.
In 1996, José founded the Latino Journal, a non-partisan publication focused on independent analyses of public policy and government from a Latino perspective. José earned his degree in Government from California State University, Sacramento and a Certificate on Corporate Governance from the Graduate School of Business at Harvard University in Cambridge, MA.
President and Secretary
Ms. Martinez, founder and CEO of Ruben Strategy Group LLC, is recognized as one of the nation’s and region’s leading regulatory and legislative strategists. Her extensive background includes positions in alumni relations, government affairs, regulatory oversight, and professional development. Her public career includes serving as a Michigan Public Service Commissioner, Governor Granholm’s Deputy Director of Legislative Affairs, and senior policy advisor to the Michigan Senate.
Her university experience includes positions at the Alumni Association of the University of Michigan and U of M's Dearborn Center for Corporate and Professional Development. Ms. Martinez earned a Bachelor of Arts in Economics and Political Science and a Master of Business Administration, with distinction -- both from the University of Michigan.
Vice President & Treasurer
Nancy Zarenda is co-vice chair of the California Utilities Diversity Council (CUDC) and was a charter member of the National Utilities Diversity Council. In 2014, she was a key contributor to the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) first-ever Spanish language energy literacy publication titled Conocimiento de Energía. Nancy served as a subject matter expert for the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) on limited-English proficient consumer issues and led the development of the CUDC Language Access Principles adopted by the CPUC. Nancy is a member of the U.S. DOE Minorities in Energy Community Planning Team.
A nationally recognized leader in language policy development and Spanish language instruction, Nancy is founder and director of the Spanish Language Academy. Clients include state and national elected and appointed officials, utility and energy companies, law firms, private industry, government agencies, and chambers of commerce. She previously developed and directed Spanish language training for the Rio Hondo Police Academy in Whittier, California and assisted in the design of Racial Profiling Curriculum for Peace Officers. Nancy has authored articles on language access and language policy for national magazines, and participates in international projects and organizations.
Ms. Zarenda is a recipient of the U.S. Congressional Special Recognition as Outstanding Hispanic American Educator and Community Partner.