Kevin de Leόn

deleon-kevin Senator Kevin de Leόn
Representing District 22
California State Senate

State Senator Kevin de León represents California’s 22nd District* which includes the Cities of Los Angeles, Alhambra, Maywood, San Marino, South Pasadena, Vernon and parts of unincorporated Los Angeles County.

In 2013, De León became the first Latino to chair the powerful Senate Appropriations Chair. He was first elected to the State Legislature in 2006 as an Assemblymember for Los Angeles and chaired the Assembly Appropriations Committee making him the first Latino Chair of that fiscal committee in the past one hundred years.

De León has earned the reputation of a common sense policy-maker unafraid to take on complex issues. Since 2009 he’s confronted corporate tax reform to level the playing field for California businesses. His efforts inspired Proposition 39 which passed with over 60% of the vote in November 2012. This initiative will help create more than 40,000 California jobs, according to the non-partisan Legislative Analyst Office, and generate billions of dollars for education and energy efficiency projects.

With his Senate Bill 1234, the California Secure Choice Retirement Savings Trust Act of 2012, he set up the framework for the 6.3 million Californians, mostly lower and middle-income workers who don’t have a retirement plan at work, to set up a portable and reliable plan that will serve as a modest supplement to Social Security. The measure is being watched closely throughout the country as a potential model for worker retirement plans and as a supplement to Social Security.

De León is also an environmental advocate who champions efforts to increase efficiency and greener energy. He firmly believes that clean air, clean water and access to open space should not be determined by the zip code someone resides in but rather that is a right for all people. He authored legislation inserted into an omnibus measure that creates hundreds of millions of dollars for alternative fuel research and development. He has been recognized as Legislator of the Year by the Planning and Conservation League, Green California, Friends of the River and the Coalition for Clean Air.

De León also successfully authored a law establishing a needs-based competitive grants program for the distribution of $400 million in Proposition 84 funds for local park assistance and development. That measure allocated the single largest investment in local park space creation in the nation’s history.

Having witnessed significant gang and street violence in his younger days, Senator De León often partners with law enforcement to develop legislation focused on cutting down violent crime. De León worked to get handgun ammunition that fuels much of this violence out of the hands of criminals and gang-bangers. Along with Sheriff Baca and LAPD Police Chiefs Bratton and Beck, De León championed legislation to create a registry for handgun ammunition purchasers as well as restrictions for online ammunition sales to convicted criminals.

Prior to being elected to the Legislature, Senator De León worked as a community organizer, English as a Second Language and U.S. Citizenship teacher, and was a staff advocate for public schools during his five years at the California Teachers Association. He also served as a Senior Associate for the National Education Association (NEA) in Washington, D.C., where he advocated for more resources for schools in low-income neighborhoods.

Senator De León grew up in the San Diego barrio of Logan Heights. He was the first in his family to graduate from high school. He attended UC Santa Barbara and graduated from Pitzer College at the Claremont Colleges with Honors. He is a Rodel Fellow at the Aspen Institute and a Guest Lecturer at the University of Southern California. He has one daughter.


2013 Speakers Include

Dan Adler Dan Adler
angel-ricardo0 Ricardo Angel
Managing Director,
GE Ventures

Doug Arent
Director, Joint Institute for Strategic Energy Analysis,
National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL)

baker-kyle0 Kyle Jones Baker
Greentech Capital Advisors
black-neil0 Neil Black
California BioEnergy
bohn-john0 John A. Bohn
Renewable Energy Trust
Dan Adler Michael Butler
Cascadia Capital
brower-michae0l Michael Brower
Interim President & CEO,
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Steve Corneli
Senior Vice President,
Policy & Strategy,
NRG Energy, Inc.

davidson-peter0 Peter Davidson
Executive Director
U.S. Department of Energy: Loan Programs Office's (LPO)
deleon-kevin0 Senator Kevin de Leόn
Representing District 22,
California State Senate
desmond-joseph0 Joseph Desmond
Senior Vice President, Marketing & Government Affairs,
BrightSource Energy Inc.
detering-paul0 Paul Detering
Tioga Energy
diaz-chris0 Chris Diaz
Seminole Financial Services
eckel-jeff0 Jeff Eckel
President and CEO,
Hannon Armstrong Sustainable Infrastructure
eggert-anthony0 Anthony Eggert
Executive Director,
U.C. Davis Policy  Institute
Dan Adler Ira Ehrenpreis
General Partner,
Technology Partners
eisenberger-nick0 Nicholas Moore Eisenberger
Managing Partner,
Pure Energy Partners
feo-ed0 Ed Feo
Chief Operating Officer & Managing Director,
Coronal Management LLC
field-david0 David Field
CEO & Co-founder,
OneRoof Energy

Jonathan Foster


Michel Gelobter
Founder & Chairman,

grant-terry2-0 Terry Grant
Managing Director,
Marathon Capital
grow-skip0 Schuyler "Skip" Grow
Managing Director, Clean Technology Group,
Morgan Stanley

Henry Hely Hutchinson
Managing Director,
Euromoney Energy Events

kreamer-nat0 Nat Kreamer
Clean Power Finance

Tracey A. LeBeau
Acting Manager, Transmission Infrastructure Program,   
Western Area Power Administration (WAPA)

macwilliams-john0 John MacWilliams
Senior Advisor to the Secretary of Energy,
U.S. Department of Energy
mashall-bates0 Bates Marshall
Vice President,
Medium Power Solutions,
SMA America, LLC
mark-juancarlo0 Joncarlo Mark
Upwelling Capital Group

Richard Matsui
kWh Analytics


Stephen Munro
US Policy Analyst and Editor,
Bloomberg New Energy Finance

orourke-stephen0 Stephen O'Rourke
Senior Vice President and Chief Sustainable Officer,

Lynn Orr
Keleen & Carlton Beal Professor; Director, Precourt Institute for Energy; Senior Fellow, Precourt Institute for Energy, Senior Fellow, Woods Institute for the Environment,
Stanford University

oros-dan0 Dan Oros
Kleiner Perkins
Paul Owen Paul Owen
Account Manager,
Caterpillar Financial
Jeetu Balchandani Kyung-Ah Park
Managing Director, Head of Environmental Markets Group,
Goldman Sachs

Haresh Patel
CEO and  Co-founder,
Mercatus Inc.

peevey-michael0 Michael R. Peevey
California Public Utilities Commission
peterman-carla0 Carla Peterman
California Public Utilities Commission

Mark T. Peters
Deputy Laboratory Director,
Argonne National Laboratory

pettit-julia0 Julia R. Pettit
Of Counsel,
Stoel Rives LLP
pfund-nancy0 Nancy Pfund
Managing Partner,
DBL Investors

Michael Picker
Senior Advisor for Renewable Energy Facilities,
California Governor's Office

pimentel-john0 John Pimentel
Foundation Wind Power
radtke-chris0 Christopher Radtke
Credit Suisse

Dick Rai
PNC Energy Capital

redinger-andrew0 Andrew Redinger
Managing Director and Group Head,
Keybanc Capital Markets
Dan Reicher

Dan Reicher
Executive Director, Steyer-Taylor Center for Energy Policy and Finance,
Stanford University

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Gregory Rosen
Chief Investment Officer,

schauble-barney0 Barney Schauble
Managing Principal,
Nephila Advisors
sharp-phil0 Phil Sharp
Resources for the Future (RFF)

J. Radford Small
Managing Director,
Goldman Sachs

sternthal-rob0 Rob Sternthal
Reznick Capital Markets Securities, LLC
setyer-tom0 Tom Steyer
Founder & Board Chair,
Advanced Energy Economy Institute
Business Leader & Investor
swiller-ari0 Ari Swiller
Renewable Resources Group

Timothy Vail
CEO & Founder,
G2X Energy

Vant-Hof-Darren0 Darren Van't Hof
Director of Renewable Energy Investment,
US Bank
waever-don0 Don Weaver

Chase Weir
Co-Founder & CEO,
Distributed Sun

yuzon-damon0 Damon Yuzon
CFA, Principal,
Wastewater Capital Management (WCM)
zalke-ed0 Edward W. Zaelke
Akin Gump Straus Hauer & Feld LLP


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