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Dear Members and Guests:

On behalf of the Virginia Chapter of AABE, I welcome you to our Chapter website.  The Virginia Chapter of AABE was established in 2011.  Our goal is to engage other energy professionals in Virginia, who want to serve as resources for energy policy discussions, develop leadership skills, gain energy industry knowledge and share this knowledge with the community.  There are also opportunities for mentoring, networking, and coalition building through a variety of events and activities.  We also meet periodically through the year for educational and professional development opportunities that are designed to help our members attain their career objectives and aspirations.

The purposes of the Virginia Chapter of AABE include the following:

  1. To serve as a resource for policy discussions of the economic, social and political impact of environmental and energy policies on the African American community and other minority communities.

  2. To promote and develop the professional skills of our members and to build leaders who will shape the future of the energy industry.

  3. To provide networking opportunities for stakeholders across all segments of the energy industry who are committed to professional excellence, civic responsibility, and diversity and inclusion in the workforce.

  4. To ensure involvement of African Americans and other minorities in governmental energy policymaking by recommending capable, sensitive and informed personnel to appropriate officials.

  5. To encourage both the public and private sectors to be responsive to the challenges, goals and aspirations of African Americans and other minorities in energy-related fields.

  6. To encourage African Americans and other minorities to pursue careers in energy related fields and to provide support through mentoring and networking.

As a reminder, we are a diverse chapter and all are welcome to join.  Stay connected and be counted among the energy professionals in Virginia by actively participating in the Virginia Chapter of AABE.

You can also see what we are doing by following us on our Facebook page at


Jeff K. Washington
Virginia Chapter
American Association of Blacks in Energy

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