Congratulations | Lea Petersen, Woman of Distinction
Southern California Gas Co. (SoCalGas) today announced its Riverside- area public affairs manager Lea Petersen, has been named a “Woman of Distinction” by California State Assemblyman Jose Medina, 61st (D) district for her many charitable activities in Riverside. Photos of Lea Petersen and Assemblyman Jose Medina are available here.
“I am proud to be honored as a ‘Woman of Distinction’ by Assemblyman Jose Medina,” said Lea Petersen, public affairs manager for SoCalGas. “I have met so many individuals and families living in Riverside and the Inland Empire whose personal challenges inspire me to be involved in the community, and I hope my passion to support those in need will encourage others to get involved in meaningful causes, too.”
Petersen was recognized for her work in helping homeless high school students receive scholarships and make strides towards achieving their higher education goals. Additionally, Petersen organized her company’s volunteers to serve more than 5,000 active military and their family members at the March Air Force Base military appreciation day picnics, perform local environmental cleanup and beautifications projects, and raise money for families who lost their homes to fires. Petersen also volunteers as a mentor for young women studying at the University of California Riverside. Petersen was honored at an award ceremony celebrating National Women’s History Month with elected officials, business and community leaders from throughout western Riverside County on March 10. She was nominated for the award by other community philanthropists and volunteers in the community. SoCalGas applauds its employees who give back to the communities the company serves. The company itself also contributes to those communities. In 2017 it invested more than $10 million in nearly 1,000 educational, environmental and community organizations across its service territory.