The visit was in conjunction with the NALEO Educational Fund’s Policy Institute on Energy, for which Garcia serves as a convening chairperson. The three-day academic seminar in Houston featured a series of informational panels, sessions and strategy groups to enhance participants’ understanding of all types of energy sources, affordable energy solutions and the intersection between technology, economic impact and environmental stewardship.
"Government officials need to clearly understand the growing role of world trade and energy. There is nothing better than a firsthand view of this reality here in Houston, the energy capital of the world,” said Garcia. “Energy, and its role in the 21st century, needs to be at the forefront of the public policy agenda,” she added.
Commissioner Garcia, flanked by Latino elected and appointed officials from across the U.S.
NALEO is a 501 (c)(4) nonpartisan membership organization whose constituency includes the nation’s more than 6,000 elected and appointed Latino officials. Founded in 1976, NALEO has created a national forum for Latino issues and opened doors for a new generation of Latino leaders. Commissioner Garcia currently serves as president of the organization.