WSPA hires international public relations expert as new Manager of Strategic Partnerships

SACRAMENTO, Calif.—The Western States Petroleum Association (WSPA) welcomes Argelia León as a new addition to their organization.

“As we work with our members to protect and grow an industry that drives economic growth and sustains our way of life in the West, it is critical that we retain the best and the brightest talent,” Catherine Reheis-Boyd, WSPA President, said.

Argelia León will staff the position of Manager of Strategic Partnerships, where she will manage growing and maintaining WSPA’s affiliations in the five western states including California, Oregon, Washington, Arizona, and Nevada.

“I’m very excited to bring my experience building coalitions, engaging stakeholders and activating community groups to support the policy initiatives of our association,” Argelia León said. “Under Catherine Reheis-Boyd’s leadership, WSPA has successfully navigated complex legislative and regulatory challenges, and I look forward to making an impactful contribution to our collective efforts.”

“Now home to the largest populations of Latinos and Asian-Americans, and sizable numbers of African-American, millennial, immigrant and LGBT communities, our five-state region represents a unique opportunity to build a coalition of ethnic, community and business organizations that reflect the strength of the petroleum industry’s diverse workforce and consumer base,” León added. “I’m confident the work I’ve done in California and Mexico will help accomplish this across our region.”

Prior to joining WSPA, León served as Vice President at Mercury Public Affairs, working with the government affairs unit, managing public affairs campaigns and coalition building efforts throughout the state, and helping to establish the firm’s Mexico City office. She recently returned from Puerto Rico where she managed the political campaign for a gubernatorial candidate in the most recent elections.

León holds a bachelor of arts degree in political science and journalism.


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