Lunch with a Leader: Brissa Sotelo-Vargas, Tesoro Refining & Marketing

Brissa Sotelo-Vargas, Manager, Public Affairs & Government Affairs at Tesoro Refining & Marketing, manages and coordinates the full range of communication and stakeholder management activities for the company’s Los Angeles Refinery including government relations, community relations, media relations and crisis communications. She monitors and analyzes the business, political, and regulatory environment to assess current or potential issues that could affect the company’s reputation and license to operate. Sotelo-Vargas then develops strategies and implements tactics in response to these factors.

In addition to working at Tesoro, Brissa serves on several boards: Board Member of the Los Angeles Area Chamber Executive Board, BizFed Board, Los Angeles Economic Development Corporation Board, the Regional Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, Hispanas Organized for Political Equality Advisory Board, Commissioner of the City of Montebello Planning Committee, Commissioner of the City of Carson Economic Development Committee, Boys and Girls Clubs of Carson Board, San Pedro, Peninsula & Wilmington YMCA Board, and Institute graduate, and past fellow of the Southern California Leadership Network. She was recently awarded the Corporate Woman of the Year by the National Latina Business Women’s Association.

She holds two masters from the University of Southern California in Communication Management from the Annenberg School of Communication and Journalism and another in Public Policy from the Sol Price School of Policy Planning and Development.