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Catherine Cortez Masto Becomes First Latina Senator

Former Nevada Attorney General Catherine Cortez Masto has been elected the first Latina in the U.S. Senate. The Democratic candidate received 49 percent of the vote, and her opponent, Republican congressman Joe Heck got 44 percent. Cortez Masto was elected to the seat previously held by Minority Leader Harry Reid, who is retiring after 30 years in the Senate and is also a Democrat.

Cortez Masto has spent her career fighting to protect Nevada families. Cortez Masto served two terms as Nevada’s Attorney General and became well known for her integrity and leadership on behalf of Nevada families, women, and seniors.

As the chief law enforcement officer of Nevada, Cortez Masto worked closely with law enforcement, treatment providers, and community advocates to combat the use and distribution of methamphetamines.

Staying true to her commitment to protecting seniors, Cortez Masto created a senior protection unit in the Attorney General’s office to ensure that her investigators and prosecutors had the necessary tools to pursue those who abuse, neglect, or exploit seniors in the community.

A lifelong advocate for women and children, Cortez Masto worked to strengthen laws preventing sex trafficking and violence against women. She helped pass a bill that established the crime of sex trafficking of children and adults, allowed victims to receive assistance, and gave them the right to sue their traffickers. She also took steps to protect children from sexual predators by passing new laws that strengthened the registration and notification requirements of convicted sex offenders.

To aid middle-class families and protect consumers and homeowners, Cortez Masto created the Mortgage Fraud Strike Force to investigate and prosecute fraudulent foreclosure rescue and loan modification scams.

Prior to her service as Attorney General, Cortez Masto worked as an Assistant County Manager for Clark County, Nevada. She also served as a federal criminal prosecutor for the United States Attorney’s Office in Washington, D.C. and was Chief of Staff to Governor Bob Miller.

Geisha Williams, First Latina CEO in the Fortune 500: PG&E

Taking over the position on March 1, 2017, Williams will become the first Latina CEO of a Fortune 500 company in U.S. history. Williams will succeed Anthony F. Earley, Jr.

Cuban-American Williams, joined PG&E in 2007 and was named Executive Vice President for Electric Operations in 2011. Over the last six years under her leadership, PG&E customers have benefitted from the best reliability in company history. Before PG&E, she held officer-level positions leading electric distribution, as well as a variety of positions of increasing responsibility in customer service, marketing, external affairs and electric operations at Florida Power and Light Company.

A trustee of the California Academy of Sciences, Williams also serves as the board chair for the Center for Energy and Workforce Development, and as a director for the Association of Edison Illuminating Companies. In addition, she is active in Executive Women in Energy and the University of Miami President’s Council.

Williams holds a bachelor’s degree in engineering from the University of Miami and a master’s degree in business administration from Nova Southeastern University.

Hewlett Packard Inc. Appoints Aida Alvarez to its Board of Directors

Hewlett Packard Inc. has added Aida Alvarez to its Board of Directors. The company’s board now includes five women leaders, representing 38 percent of its composition, positioning HP with the most diverse board in the tech sector.

Alvarez, former administrator of the Small Business Administration (SBA) and former board member of Walmart Stores, Inc. brings a wealth of expertise in media, public affairs, finance and government. “Aida is a tremendously talented individual with unmatched experience spanning both public and private sectors. Our board, company, shareholders and ultimately our customers will benefit from her diverse background, financial acumen, and ability to guide and govern large institutions. My fellow directors and I are thrilled to welcome Aida to the HP family and look forward to working with her as we Keep Reinventing HP,” said Meg Whitman, Chairman of HP Inc.

“HP has always led the industry with a culture of innovation and diversity. We are proud to continue that leadership with a diverse range of expertise, gender and cultural perspectives,” said Raj Gupta, lead Independent Director of HP and former Chairman of Rohm and Haas Company. “Today’s announcement helps support what we have been architecting — to ensure we are reflective of the markets and customers we serve, starting at the very top.”

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