Vice Chair of Marketing and Sr. Director of Marketing
Leonides Jong has been with Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) for 32 years. She has worked in various departments at PG&E, including Human Resources, Gas Transmission, Electric Maintenance & Construction, Service Planning, Law, Electric Transmission and Substations, and Project Services. She is currently in the Customer Care Department, which is responsible for addressing climate change; advocating for federal energy and climate policy; and developing and deploying clean renewable energy, energy efficiency programs, and innovative smart grid technologies.
Prior to being the 2010 co-chair of CAAEN, Leonides was the Vice Chair of Events of CAAEN in 2008 and 2009 where she executed and coordinated the successful CAAEN Executive Leadership Events at both Cisco and Chevron. Previously, she had organized the CAAEN Executive Leadership Events in 2004 and 2007 at PG&E. Leonides is a graduate of CAAEN's first Leadership Development Program in 2007. Since 2008, she has helped plan the CAAEN Leadership Development Program to help develop emerging API leaders.
Leonides is the former President of PG&E's InspirAsian Employee Resource Group and has been an active member since its inception in 1984. She organized many community and company events for the InspirAsian Employee Resource Group. As President, she implemented a new member program that resulted in a 50% increase in membership. Representing PG&E, Leonides has participated in various speaking engagements both internally and externally at corporate and community events.
As an ethnic Chinese born in Havana, Cuba, Leonides is passionate about giving back to both the Asian and Latino communities. Leonides is currently on the leadership team of PG&E's Latino Employee Resource Group where she organized various cultural events and fundraisers. She has partnered with other corporations such as Chevron, Clorox, Deloitte, KPMG, Wells Fargo, and the Latino Community Foundation to organize professional leadership events and networking mixers.
She is an active member of other Employee Resource Groups at PG&E, including the Samahan Employee Resource Group, Women's Network Employee Resource Group, and the Black Employee Resource Group.
Leonides currently sits on the Board of Directors of Asian Community Mental Health Services, a non-profit serving the API population in Alameda and Contra Costa counties. She sits on the Board’s leadership team as the Co-Chair of the Fund Development Committee where she oversees their annual Gala event and their year-end fundraiser campaigns.
When Fidel Castro prevented her parents from leaving Cuba, Leonides became a foster child in Lincoln, Nebraska. As a result, she is passionate towards helping foster children. She is an active volunteer for Foster a Dream, a non-profit dedicated towards providing resources for foster children. In addition to mentoring a foster child, she volunteers at Foster a Dream’s various fundraiser events and field trips.
She is the current Education Chair for the California Diversity Council, a non-profit that champions diversity and inclusion throughout California’s academia, businesses, and communities. As a member of the AsianWeek Employee Advisory Council, she provides feedback on innovative ideas about America’s Best Companies for Asian Pacific Americans.
Because of her work in the community, Leonides has been recognized for her many achievements. In 2003, Leonides received the PG&E's Outstanding Leadership Award, and she was nominated for the 2009 President's Diversity's Champion Award. Ophelia Basgal, PG&E’s Vice President of Community Relations, and Sam Beard, President of the Jefferson Awards, presented Leonides with the 2009 Community Service Award for Outstanding Support of the Community and Demonstrating the Spirit of Volunteerism.
For the past 18 years, Leonides has volunteered as a Sunday school teacher at St. Dominic's Church in Benicia. She and husband have two children. During her spare time, she likes to read, knit, crochet, bake, sing in the choir, and take their family dog for a walk.