On Feb. 5, Southern California Edison celebrated its 14th annual Black History Month observance and honored three African-American businesses and company partners for their achievements and contributions to economic growth, service to the community and participation in energy-efficiency programs.
Marcellus A. McRae, partner, Los Angeles office of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher, served as keynote speaker at the event, held at SCE’s Energy Education Center in Irwindale.
The event recognizes the important contributions African-Americans continue to make to the communities SCE serves, as well as to the state and nation.
SCE President Pedro Pizarro acknowledged the value of incorporating diversity and inclusion throughout SCE’s work culture and in serving customers across its 50,000-square-mile service territory. Joining Pizarro at the event were Janet Clayton, senior vice president, Corporate Communications, Edison International and SCE; Kevin Payne, senior vice president, Customer Service, SCE; and Lisa Cagnolatti, vice president, Business Customer Division, SCE.
The community and business partners recognized were Citizens of Zion Missionary Baptist Church in Compton, Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science in Los Angeles and Royal Crest Building Maintenance in Buena Park.
Accepting SCE’s Energy Efficiency Participation Award on behalf of Citizens of Zion Missionary Baptist Church was Bobby Newman, the pastor, and his wife, Claudia, senior pastor and first lady of the church. Dr. David M. Carlisle, M.D., Ph.D., CEO and president of Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science, accepted SCE’s Community Partnership Award. In addition, Robert “Bob” Young, president, Royal Crest Building Maintenance, was presented SCE’s Diverse Business Enterprise Award.
An Edison International (NYSE:EIX) company, Southern California Edison is one of the nation’s largest electric utilities, serving a population of nearly 14 million via 5 million customer accounts in a 50,000-square-mile service area within Central, Coastal and Southern California.