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Featured, Who We Are Jan 13, 2022

People behind the pump: Jamie Swetalla

Jamie Swetalla, an Aera external affairs specialist, was recently named to Bakersfield Life’s Top 20 under 40

At Aera Energy, we pride ourselves on being a great place to work but it’s really our team members who make us special. Four Aera employees were recently named to Bakersfield Life’s 20 under 40 to Watch list, which features rising stars who are achieving greatness in their personal lives, careers, in the community or in academics. We’re spotlighting these employees as part of our “people behind the pump” series.   

Jamie Swetalla, an Aera Energy external affairs specialist, is named to Bakersfield Life’s 20 Under 40 to Watch list

Jamie Swetalla, an Aera Energy external affairs specialist, is named to Bakersfield Life’s 20 Under 40 to Watch list

Jamie Swetalla, External Affairs Specialist, Aera Energy

Jamie Swetalla is Aera Energy’s external affairs specialist in Kern County where she manages stakeholder relationships and local government affairs.

How is the honoree involved in the community and volunteerism outside of work?

Swetalla has a long history of community involvement. She began volunteering at the age of 17 with the Children’s Miracle Network and spent a decade advocating for children’s health care. As Miss Bakersfield 2013, she expanded her volunteerism efforts attending more than 50 nonprofit events, promoting one of Bakersfield’s greatest traditions: commitment to community. The Ronald McDonald House, Keep Bakersfield Beautiful, Optimal Hospice and Junior Diabetes Research Fund were just a few of the organizations she supported.

Professionally, she continues her mission of investing in the community in her role as an Aera external affairs specialist leading campaigns supporting Relay for Life, Oil Can Do It and supporting the Golden Empire Gleaners, Walk for Valley Fever, Links for Life, and Boys and Girls Clubs of Kern County. She also supports future generations by serving as a mentor for the Taft Oil Technology Academy at Taft High School. Swetalla enthusiastically gives countless hours to Kern County organizations and there’s no stopping her creative approach to partnerships.

How has the honoree demonstrated leadership?

Leaders know when to take charge and when to encourage others to take the lead and Swetalla does both. Swetalla provides resources like monthly food boxes and scholarships to students as a board member of the Greater Lamont Chamber of Commerce. She also serves on the Taft College Foundation board which supports higher education at the college.

She leads with her heart, stands up for what she believes is right, knows how to seek common ground, strives to build strong partnerships, and listens to what others have to say. She approaches her work and personal endeavors with passion and innovation which she balances with appropriate levels of levity.

How did the honoree end up at Aera/in the oil industry?

The oil and gas industry has been in Swetalla’s family for three generations. She recalls being fascinated by watching her dad come home in his work truck with a crane on it.

That influenced her decision to choose the oil and gas industry to make a difference. She may not physically pull oil out of the ground, or perform life-saving treatments at a hospital, but strongly believes in being part of an industry that supports others in their endeavors – such as creating the plastic necessary for important life-saving devices made from petroleum products.

She believes the oil and gas industry gives people a chance to succeed, progress, and provide – and that’s why she works to help Aera invest in its community.

How does the honoree’s role help contribute to the future of the oil and gas industry?

Aera works to produce the oil and gas needed to fuel the needs of California every day and build stronger communities in the areas it operates. Swetalla builds and maintains crucial partnerships with local organizations, groups, schools, and governmental agencies — all in support of the community. She will continue that important work as Aera evolves and remains a crucial part of California’s energy future.

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