Hello! I’m James Campos, the new Director of the Office of Economic Impact and Diversity. I’m very grateful to be joining the Department of Energy and it is a great privilege to serve in this capacity. The Office of Economic Impact and Diversity works with minority communities, businesses, and students to inspire the next generation of scientists and engineers, ensuring that minorities are afforded opportunities to participate in the important mission areas of the Department.
I have long been involved in government administration, renewable energy, minority community relations, strategic business consulting, and business development fields. Previously, I served as the senior advisor on economic development & government relations to the President of Nevada State College and as a state regulator on the Nevada Taxicab Commission. Before working with Nevada State College, I served as the director of renewable energy initiatives & government relations for the College of Southern Nevada. I was formerly the state-wide commissioner of the Nevada Consumer Affairs Division where I regulated seven industries and enforced state laws governing deceptive trade practices.
I hold both a B.A. and an M.S. from the University of Maryland, an M.B.A. from the University of Glasgow, Scotland, and an Executive Business Program Certificate from Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business.
While I have only been here a short time, I already see the potential to increase opportunities for minorities at the Department of Energy. I’d like to take this moment to highlight a few of our initiatives. In August, our Minority Business Industry Day is planning to connect diverse businesses to the energy sector, so that all can be afforded opportunities to participate in America’s thriving energy economy. Our office is also working to connect students with STEM professionals through internships, scholarships and events. The Office of Civil Rights and Equal Employment Opportunity ensures prompt, fair and equal treatment of all DOE employees, stakeholders and beneficiaries of federal financial assistance related to the execution of the agency’s mission.
I look forward to working across the Department of Energy to grow a culture of inclusivity. Over the next few months, we’ll be sharing more information about our programs, and the people hard at work behind them. Follow along here!