The members of the National Black Caucus of State Legislators (NBCSL) Corporate Round Table are an impressive  group of nationally and internationally recognized businesses who appreciate the value of a partnership with Black state legislators  and their mission to serve their constituents. We appreciate our Corporate Round Table members and have dedicated this platform to new members in a show of appreciation for their contributions and commitment to NBCSL.

                                                                                                                      American Petroleum Institute


American Petroleum Institute represents all segments of America’s natural gas and oil industry, which supports more than ten million U.S. jobs and is backed by a growing grassroots movement of millions of Americans. Our 600 members produce, process, and distribute the majority of the nation’s energy, and participate in API Energy Excellence, which is accelerating environmental and safety progress by fostering new technologies and transparent reporting. API was formed in 1919 as a standards-setting organization and has developed more than 700 standards to enhance operational and environmental safety, efficiency, and sustainability.

View API’s 2021 State of American Energy digital report here and a copy of American Petroleum Institute CEO, Mike Sommers' remarks here.

The natural gas and oil industry’s continuous focus on environmental, social, and corporate governance issues – which is integral to the way companies conduct business – is based on recognizing the relationship between effective management of these issues and a company’s operational performance. While our members always have been responsive to the financial sector’s expectations, the partnership between the two is growing. There is an increase in corporate reporting on climate risks and opportunities and the way companies manage both. Taking action to reduce greenhouse gas emissions associated with the natural gas and oil industry is at the core of industry’s mission, and API’s Climate Policy Principles underscore industry’s commitment to engage constructively on climate policymaking.

Industry itself is preparing for the future by building the workforce of the future, one that grows in its diversity and inclusiveness – because industry needs the intellect and creativity of people from all races, ethnicities, genders, and experiences to tackle challenges ahead. In short, diversity makes us better. Our companies are laying this foundation by helping increase educational opportunities for more students in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). They are also diversifying supply networks by engaging more minority-owned businesses. Nearly 50% of new industry-related job opportunities will be filled by African Americans, Hispanic Americans, Asian Americans, and non-whites through 2040.

The API Energy Excellence establishes benchmarks on safety, security and environmental protection that every API member will be expected to pursue and reach. API Energy Excellence defines superior and ever-improving performance that will unify our industry’s future progress in areas that are critically important to the nation, local communities and to ourselves. Core elements range from safety culture and community engagement to employee training and equipment design and are aimed at accelerating safety and environmental progress through sharing best practices and new technologies as well as through annual progress reporting.

API Community Initiatives

STEM Career Coalition with Discovery Education targeting primarily Title

API Global Industry Services (GIS) Academia Initiative with Minority Serving Institutions (HBCU/HSI)

College Scholarships to Minority Students attending HBCU, HSI, TCU

Energy Fellowship Programs (CBCF,CHCI, APAICS)

Leadership Training Programs

STEM awareness, access, support, and development for students and parent programs

Supplier Diversity Workshop Trainings

Energy Literacy Campaigns

API CRT Liason
Ellia Quintana, Director of Stakeholder Relations  Elia Quintana's Bio:

Elia Quintana is the Director of Stakeholder Relations at American Petroleum Institute (API) where she leads API’s Energy Action Alliance (EAA) with strategic partners focused on workforce development, supplier diversity and STEM education engagement with non-traditional allies in the oil and gas industry.

Prior to joining API, Elia served as the Vice President of Corporate Relations at Hispanic Association on Corporate Responsibility (HACR) where she managed key relationships with Fortune 500 corporate members to strengthen and advance HACR's overall mission of bringing awareness to the Hispanic representation in Corporate America. In addition, Elia previously served as Director of Corporate Relations at LULAC National Education Service Centers (LNESC), championing diversity and inclusion initiatives and focused on recruitment, retention, and leadership development programming for underserved communities. Elia holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of California, Santa Barbara in political science and Latin American history and an executive Master of Business Administration degree from the University of California, Riverside. Additionally, she studied abroad extensively in numerous countries including Costa Rica, Spain, Italy, Mexico, and China where she developed a greater aptitude for global economy and international relations. Most recently, Elia was a recipient of the President’s Award for Prospanica DC Chapter for demonstrating leadership service, and commitment to the advancement of the Latino community throughout the years.

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