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Workforce development partnerships


Southern California Gas Co. (SoCalGas) released the latest issue of EMPOWER Magazine, a quarterly publication spotlighting the company’s efforts to achieve measurable social impact in diversity, equity, and inclusion in the workplace and in communities it serves. This edition features  stories and a new video about SoCalGas’ work with non-profit organizations like the Los Angeles Urban League that provide essential workforce development and career advancement opportunities in underserved communities.

“SoCalGas employs a diverse population that reflects the communities we serve; for us, doing the right thing means creating a culture in which everyone is seen, heard, and has a sense of belonging,” said Jeff Walker, senior vice president, chief administrative and diversity officer.  “Whether it’s partnerships with nonprofits or local businesses, our community investments support safety, sustainability, and social justice, diversity and inclusion are fundamental to our business values and a lens that focuses all that we do.”

Last year, SoCalGas awarded workforce development grants to 44 nonprofits across 23 cities. The latest edition of EMPOWER focuses on SoCalGas’ work with six of those organizations which focus on workforce development and career advancement, including the Los Angeles Urban League; Los Angeles Brotherhood Crusade; JVS SoCal; Pacific Asian Consortium in Employment (PACE); Youth Action Project; and the South Bay Workforce Investment Board.

In total, SoCalGas invested more than $9 million in communities it serves, supporting approximately 900 nonprofits throughout its 12-county service area.

“We are thankful to be highlighted in this issue of EMPOWER as it demonstrates the power of partnership that has resulted in successful job placements through our Construction Career Academy,” said Los Angeles Urban League President and CEO Michael Lawson. “The workforce development partnership is not only directly changing people’s lives with new careers; together we are strengthening families and empowering our communities through job training and placement.”

To read this issue’s EMPOWER Magazine, go to