Commissioner Noemí Gallardo Joins WRISE Board of Directors

June 6, 2024 • Recent Press Releases, Stories About WRISE

Brooklyn, NY — Women of Renewable Industries and Sustainable Energy (WRISE) is excited to welcome Commissioner Noemí Gallardo to its Board of Directors. As a new board member, Commissioner Gallardo will support our various programs aimed at increasing the representation and participation of ALL women, from entry to executive levels, thereby ensuring diversity within the clean energy industry.

Commissioner Gallardo will support the WRISE mandate to create opportunities that attract and help retain diverse representation in clean energy and sustainability sectors, ensure access to resources, and influence leadership teams to create the right environment; culture, policies, processes, et al., for our members to thrive within the sector, which will ensure a just and equitable clean energy transition for ALL our stakeholders.

Noemí Gallardo is serving her first term on the California Energy Commission. She was appointed by Governor Gavin Newsom in February 2023 to serve as the CEC’s attorney member. She is the first Latina appointed as a CEC commissioner.

Gallardo joined the CEC in 2019 as its Public Advisor. She later became chief of staff for CEC Chair David Hochschild.

Before joining the Energy Commission, she was senior manager of public policy at Sunrun Inc. Her professional experiences include serving as a program fellow at the Evelyn and Walter Haas Jr. Fund, a consultant at Gallardo Law and Policy Consulting, an energy and telecommunications legal fellow at the Greenlining Institute, and a principal investigator at the Public Law Research Institute at the University of California College of the Law, San Francisco (UC Law SF, formerly known as UC Hastings). Gallardo is also a state-certified interpreter in Spanish who established and ran a translation and interpretation services business in her native Ventura County.

Commissioner Noemí Gallardo brings years of experience to the WRISE Board of Directors. She is the daughter of Mexican immigrants and a proud mother of two. She is a first-generation college graduate who earned a Juris Doctor degree from UC Law SF, a Master of Public Policy degree from the University of Southern California, and a Bachelor of Arts degree from Pepperdine University.

“It’s truly an honor to join the board of WRISE, an organization that embodies innovation and impact in the renewable energy sector. As a first-generation Latina appointed to the California Energy Commission, I’ve witnessed firsthand the power of diverse voices in shaping our energy future. I’m excited to bring my experiences to WRISE and work together to accelerate the representation of women in executive roles within clean energy. Together, we’ll continue to pave the way for a more inclusive and sustainable tomorrow.”

WRISE continues to inspire and grow across the clean energy industry. WRISE will be hosting its flagship Conference; The WRISE Leadership Forum between October 9 – 11, 2024 and expects to surpass last year’s attendance of over 500. Individual membership continues to grow, corporate partnerships are expanding, and there are now over 35 active chapters across the United States and Canada serving WRISE’s 15,000+ network.


About Women of Renewable Industries and Sustainable Energy:

Women of Renewable Industries and Sustainable Energy (WRISE), formerly Women of Wind Energy (WoWE), was founded in 2005 to accelerate the transition to a sustainable and equitable energy future by igniting the collective power of community. WRISE has local chapters across the US and Canada; national programming that includes the annual luncheon, Leadership Forum, fellowships, the Speakers Bureau, and webinar series; and a growing grassroots network of more than 15,000 participants. The organization is supported through hundreds of volunteer hours and the generous contributions of individuals and corporate partners. For more information about WRISE, visit

About California Energy Commission

The California Energy Commission is the state’s primary energy policy and planning agency. It has seven core responsibilities: advancing state energy policy, encouraging energy efficiency, certifying thermal power plants, investing in energy innovation, developing renewable energy, transforming transportation, and preparing for energy emergencies. For more information, visit