State Strategist, Policy Accelerator | Climate and Clean Energy Equity Fund

Position: 
State Strategist, Policy Accelerator
Location: 
Oakland, CA (preferred), Washington, DC, or Los Angeles, CA
Organization Name: 
Climate and Clean Energy Equity Fund

The Climate and Clean Energy Equity Fund (“the Equity Fund”) is seeking a highly organized, strategic, detail-oriented State Strategist to join its Policy Accelerator team. The primary goal of the position is to work with Equity Fund grantee partners to identify and support their policy capacity needs, while the grantees expand and deepen their policy expertise. The State Strategist will also support the development of strong data-driven justifications for climate equity policies and support the grantees’ thought and policy leadership in the field of climate and energy justice.

Grassroots groups advocating for and organizing people hard hit by climate change — communities of color, indigenous, working class and rural communities — often lack resources, staffing, and access to develop relationships with foundation funders and major donors. Yet they are accomplishing critical work to build the collective power of communities most hurt by climate change and the use of dirty fossil fuels resulting in health problems, job losses, and displacement.

The Equity Fund is a groundbreaking funding initiative designed to drive resources to advance climate and clean energy equity and justice across the country. The Equity Fund is a conduit for foundations and donors to partner and support these frontline organizations across the country. Because of the Equity Fund’s expertise and deep relationships with community-led groups working at the intersection of climate change, racial justice, and economic equity, the organization can identify and nurture local grantee partners that have large-scale bases of members and track records of winning policy victories in their cities and states. The Equity Fund shares lessons learned from its grantee partners so that foundations and donors can better understand the climate-related problems of local communities and then develop and coordinate funding strategies that will have the greatest results.

The Equity Fund is building power to stop climate change and create an equitable clean energy future through a strategic multi-state initiative that is:

  • Investing in the leadership and organizing of diverse communities (people of color, indigenous people, those most impacted by climate change);
  • Engaging voters through nonpartisan civic engagement campaigns; and
  • Winning equitable climate and clean energy policy solutions.

The Equity Fund’s Policy Accelerator program provides grantee partners with coaching and technical assistance to advance policies that improve the conditions of communities experiencing the causes and effects of climate change. The Policy Accelerator strengthens the skills, capacity, and leadership of community organizations to drive equitable energy policy. The objective of the Policy Accelerator is to support community-based leadership to drive equitable climate and clean energy policy solutions.

Since its founding in 2016, the Equity Fund has significantly expanded, from an initial budget of $525,000 that supported organizing in three states, to a 2020 budget of $12M that supports over 70 partner organizations in eight states. Individual philanthropists and foundations of all sizes are part of the Equity Fund’s growing community. Learn more about the Climate and Clean Energy Equity Fund at https://www.theequityfund.org!

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