October, 2015-General Section Meeting
Topic: Kern Citizens for Energy and How to Ensure Success for Our Community
Speakers: Tracy Leach, PSCI and Jonathan Lilien, Chevron
Date: Thursday, October 15th, 2015 @ 11:30 AM
Location: The Petroleum Club, 12th Floor, 5060 California Avenue, Bakersfield
Abstract: Kern Citizens for Energy (KCE) is a coalition established to support local oil and gas production. Since the release of the Draft Environmental Impact Report on oil and gas activities in Kern County, it has become increasingly important to educate our community and provide fact-based arguments to opposition claims. KCE welcomes the opportunity to answer questions and requests community support in order to ensure this industry continues providing jobs and driving Kern County’s economy for decades to come.
Tracy Leach is the founder and President of Providence Strategic Consulting, Inc., and has spent two decades in the political consulting and public affairs arena. The firm specializes in building winning coalitions for ballot initiatives as well as meeting the goals and objectives of those in business. Tracy has managed numerous city, county, state and federal candidates as well as issue-advocacy campaigns representing oil and gas, pharmaceuticals, housing developments, solar power, non-profits, mining and many other outstanding industries. She possesses a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and is a member of the American Association of Political Consultants and the Public Relations Society of America.
Jonathan Lilien is a Health Environment & Safety Technical Services Manager for Chevron North America Exploration and Production Company where he is responsible for a team of 30 environmental professionals managing air, greenhouse gas, land, water, waste, and regulatory compliance issues for the San Joaquin Valley Business Unit. He has been with Chevron for 13 years in a series of technical/supervisory roles, including water team leader, staff environmental engineer, and senior community engagement adviser. Prior to coming to Chevron, Jonathan was a Clean Water Act regulator with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. He holds a Doctorate in Environmental Science and Engineering from UCLA.