Fil-Am assumes post as senior advisor in U.S. Dep’t of Energy
A Filipino American diversity expert recently joined the Biden administration as senior advisor on Justice, Equity, Diversity, Belonging, and Inclusion at the U.S. Department of Energy.
Lady Idos, MPA, will design a Department of Energy strategy to strengthen and integrate diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility within the department in accordance with presidential directives and executive orders.
Idos is also part of the Designee Steering Committee for The White House Gender Policy Council, collaborating with other Federal agencies on implementation guidance for Pres. Biden’s first-ever National Strategy on Gender Equity and Equality.
Idos was born in Manila and immigrated to San Diego, California at the age of seven. She holds a master’s degree in Public Administration from the University of San Francisco; B.A. degree in Sociology from the University of California, Santa Cruz; and earned her Diversity and Inclusion Certificate from Cornell University.
Idos previously served as the Chief Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Officer at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. She serves as a co-chair for Bay Area Council’s Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion Committee, and advisor for UC Berkeley’s startup accelerator, SkyDeck.
She draws strength and inspiration from her parents, Salvador Idos (from Pangasinan) and Rosalina Idos (from Bicol). They became pioneers in the teaching of Filipino as a world language in the California public school system, with her mother being honored as California’s Outstanding Teacher in 2007.