Name: Alexander G. Núñez
Title: Vice President, Governmental and External Affairs
Company: Baltimore Gas and Electric Company, an Exelon Company
Headquarters: Baltimore, Maryland
Number of Employees: 3,400
Education: BA from University of Notre Dame; JD from Valparaiso University School of Law
What I’m Reading: Will in the World: How Shakespeare Became Shakespeare by Stephen Greenblatt
My Philosophy: An individual, even alone, can make a difference.
Away from Work, I: Enjoy the outdoors actively with my family.
How My Company Supports Me…and How I Pay it Forward: My company invested strategically in the development of my leadership skills and has exposed me to new ways of looking at the world. With the support of my company, I have graduated from formal leadership programs, I have been challenged to lead complex, high-profile initiatives and projects, and I have been afforded the privilege of leading teams of people. I work daily to share my experiential learnings through my example as a leader and by coaching others.
I have served on several external boards of directors, and currently serve on the boards of Leadership Maryland, the Maryland Business Roundtable for Education, and the Maryland–DC Audubon Society. In addition to other objectives, I work to ensure that the Hispanic community is in focus as these organizations shape and execute their missions.
Within the company, I have led many teams and organizations as well. For example, I was called to serve as a Charter Member of the company’s Diversity and Inclusion Council, and previously served on sub-teams focused on leadership and community outreach.
I am now the Executive Sponsor of the Organization of Latinos at Exelon (Maryland Chapter), which was inaugurated in 2014. In this role, I have the opportunity to bring leadership development and community engagement directly to other Hispanic professionals and others interested in our Hispanic communities.
The department that I lead includes BGE’s Community Affairs unit, which I have worked with to better engage with the Spanish-speaking communities in our service territory.
The Best Advice I’ve Received and the Advice I Offer Others: The best advice that I received regarding career advancement was to focus on performing today’s work with excellence, but to have a vision and plan to reach future goals.
In addition to sharing this same advice, I would advise others looking to advance their careers to build a network of support by supporting others. If you have genuinely served the needs of coworkers and others in your work environment, they will be ready to assist you when you need them.
I would also advise others to listen to, and to consider carefully, the customers and community they want to serve; only then can one be sure that his or her motives and strategies are aligned appropriately.
Lastly, I would recommend that those seeking my advice ensure that they regularly measure the impact of their work. In this way, an individual can track success and failure more precisely, and can demonstrate results more clearly to others.