James Edward Campos was nominated by the President of the United States and confirmed by the United States Senate on April 9, 2018, as the Director of the Office of Economic Impact and Diversity at the United States Department of Energy. As Director, Mr. Campos oversees the Office of Minority Economic Impact and the Office of Civil Rights and Diversity. He is tasked with helping to implement legislation and executive orders with an eye towards their effect on minorities and minority businesses, as well as ensuring that minorities are afforded an opportunity to fully participate in Department programs. Mr. Campos also serves as the Department of Energy’s Equal Employment Opportunity Director, which includes field sites across the United States.
The Office of Economic Impact & Diversity is uniquely positioned through its Congressional mandate to interact and work with all of the DOE’s 22 offices such as the offices of Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization, Fossil Energy, Electricity, Nuclear Energy, Technology Transfer, Environmental Management, and Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy.
Additionally, Mr. Campos established the Equity in Energy initiative to expand the participation of individuals in underserved communities, which includes minorities, Native Americans, women, veterans, and formerly incarcerated persons, in all the programs of the Department. The initiative provides an invaluable platform for the DOE and local, regional, and national stakeholders to share ideas and insights that are leveraged to alleviate the challenges of underserved communities. The primary pillars are: supplier diversity, workforce development, STEM enhancement, technical assistance, and access & attractibility.
Mr. Campos also functions as the Department of Energy’s Chief Diversity Officer and the official Federal designee to the White House Interagency Working Group Initiatives, which includes the White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders, the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanics, and the White House Initiative to Promote Excellence and Innovation at Historically Black Colleges and Universities. Additionally, Mr. Campos is the Department’s designee on the White House Opportunity and Revitalization Council.
Mr. Campos has served in both the public and private sectors, working in such industries as publishing, telecommunications, state and federal government, strategic business consulting, political consulting, as well as a small business owner and adjunct business professor. His business background has enhanced his expertise in the energy sector, marketing, international commerce, workforce development, higher education, management, operations and strategic analysis, and implementation.
Prior to his Presidential appointment, Mr. Campos was the Senior Advisor on Economic Development & Strategic Planning / Government Affairs to the College President of Nevada State College (NSC), where he was involved in the areas of government and community relations/strategic business consulting, and business development.
Mr. Campos held several state-wide Gubernatorial appointments in Nevada to include: the Nevada’s Equal Rights Commission (April 2011 to 2015); Nevada’s Judicial Selection Commission as a temporary member (July 2011); the Governor’s Workforce Investment Sector Councils on Gaming, Tourism & Entertainment (Jan. 2014) and Mining and Minerals (Feb. 2014); the Governor’s Office of Economic Development’s International Trade Council (May 2014 to October 2017); and the Nevada Taxi Cab Authority Commission (March 2015 to April 2018).
Mr. Campos was formerly the Commissioner of the Nevada Consumer Affairs Division (Nevada’s Business & Industry Department), where he regulated seven industries and enforced state laws governing deceptive trade practices. He was appointed to the state-wide Commissioner’s position in February 2007.
Mr. Campos founded and served as Chairman to the Nevada FightFraud Task Force (2007-2009) while in his tenure as the Commissioner of Consumer Affairs. The task force comprised local, state and Federal law enforcement agencies and was the first of its kind in the state of Nevada. In the 2007 legislative session under Campos’ tenure as Commissioner, he was instrumental in helping to establish the Ombudsman for Minority Affairs for the Consumer Affairs Division and the Nevada Commission of Minority Affairs.
When the state agency duties were absorbed into the Office of the Attorney General in 2009, Mr. Campos left that position and went on to serve as Deputy Administrator for Workforce Solutions for the Department of Employment, Training & Rehabilitation (DETR). Mr. Campos was brought in on an interim basis to head up the time sensitive project of developing the infrastructure of the Workforce Solutions Section. This group was designed to develop regional sector strategies / councils that seek to ensure training and investment of a workforce development system which meets the needs of businesses on a regional level. The Workforce Solutions Section was created to help position DETR in forming partnerships with other agencies and organizations committed to developing and retaining skilled workers.
Mr. Campos served from July 2009 to October 2011 as the Director of Renewable Energy & Government Relations for the College of Southern Nevada (CSN) where he was responsible for helping to develop and facilitate CSN’s renewable energy efforts institution-wide and perform duties concerning external government lobbying, as well as community and business relations.
Mr. Campos is active in community service and has served with recognition on various boards, including:
- The Latino Coalition’s Board of Directors (Washington D.C)
- Nevada Partnership for Homeless Youth Board
- Nevada Development Authority committees (Green Technology and Government Liaison committees)
- Nevada Automotive Advisory Board
- United Way’s Young Philanthropist Society
- University of Maryland’s Judicial Honor Board
- President of the University of Glasgow’s MBA Society (1999-2000)
Education and Awards
Mr. Campos holds both a Bachelor of Arts and a Master of Science degree from the University of Maryland, a Master of Business Administration from the University of Glasgow, Scotland, and an Executive Program Certificate from Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business in Washington, D.C. While completing his master’s degree, Campos also studied at Corpus Christi College, University of Oxford in England for business and literature studies and also studied cultural studies in Barcelona, Spain for a year. He has taught college courses in the areas of organizational operations, international management, marketing, strategy, public relations and human resources as an adjunct professor.
In 2006, Campos received the Professional Service Award from the Las Vegas Latin Chamber of Commerce and in 2010 also received the group’s Young Professional of the Year award. In 2011, Campos was selected to be included in the Las Vegas “In Business Magazine’s” top 5 most influential Hispanics in business. Campos was named as one of the Most Influential Hispanics in Nevada by the Nevada Hispanic Magazine in 2015, 2016, and 2018.
Mr. Campos is qualified and certified as an Inspector/Investigator by the National Council on Licensure, Enforcement and Regulation. Campos is also a trained conflict resolution mediator with the Clark County, Nevada Neighborhood Justice Center.