Press Release – LACI Welcomes President of the Government of Spain and First Lady María Begoña Gómez Fernández for a Clean Energy and Latino Leadership Discussion

Photo Credit: Laura Rudich

LOS ANGELES – LACI welcomed the President of the Government of Spain and First Lady María Begoña Gómez Fernández on September 29th for a tour of the facility, and a discussion on the importance of climate action and Latino leadership.

Senate President pro Tempore Emeritus Kevin de León invited the President to LACI and the La Kretz Innovation Campus, which are in de León’s district area. LACI CEO Matt Petersen provided the President and First Lady a tour of the LKIC campus, including the Prototyping Center. Following the tour, Petersen welcomed the President and First Lady in front of a full audience to discuss climate action, and related issues facing society and how business, government, and entrepreneurs are leading the way.

“Very few places in the world are so ambitious as California in their attempts to face this issue,” said Prime Minister Sánchez in his prepared remarks on climate policy. “We are going to work together, because I am sure that together, civil society, business, and the public sector can make it happen.” 

“It was an honor to host President Pedro Sánchez, and have the opportunity to share LACI’s work with entrepreneurs, government leaders, and corporate partners to create a green, inclusive economy for the Los Angeles region,” said Matt Petersen, CEO of LACI. “We are grateful to Senator De León for his climate leadership, support for our organization’s work, and inviting President Sánchez to the campus.”

Photo Credit: Laura Rudich

After speaking briefly to press, President Sánchez led a roundtable discussion about Latino leadership.  Participants from Los Angeles included Senator de Leon, Rep. Jimmy Gomez (D-CA), State Assemblymember Wendy Carrillo (D-Los Angeles), State Assemblymember Miguel Santiago (D-Los Angeles), Vice Mayor of San Jose Magdalena Carrasco, Mr. David Ayon, Alejandro González Iñárritu, Dr. Cynthia Telles, Dr. Francisco Rodriguez, Mr. Walter Ulloa, and Mr. Moctesuma Esparza.

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