Clean Energy and Equity Advocate

10 May, 2022


Clean Energy and Equity Advocate

National Resource Defense Council
San Francisco, CA/Santa Monica, CA


NRDC is a non-profit environmental advocacy organization. We use law, science, and the support of 3.1 million members and online activists to protect the planet’s wildlife and wild places and to ensure the rights of all people to clean air, clean water, and healthy communities. NRDC was founded in 1970 and our people helped write some of America’s bedrock environmental laws, including the Clean Water Act and many of the implementing regulations. Today, our team of more than 700 lawyers, scientists, economists, policy advocates, communications experts, and others work across the United States and the globe from our offices in Bozeman, Montana; Chicago; New York; San Francisco; Santa Monica; Washington, D.C.; and Beijing.


NRDC is seeking a Clean Energy and Equity Advocate to work with the Climate and Clean Energy and People and Communities  team in our Santa Monica or San Francisco O office.

Position Summary

The Clean Energy and Equity Advocate will work alongside community based partners, coalitions and front-line communities to develop and advocate for policies, funding proposals, and long-term advocacy solutions that drive the deployment of equitable building decarbonization, affordable clean energy, resilient and healthy homes, energy justice and democratization, and other clean energy resources to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, expand the preservation and stabilization of multifamily affordable housing, and address structural barriers impacting BIPOC communities bearing the burden of the fossil fuel industry in California.


Our Western Energy team advocates for deep cuts to carbon pollution by ending our dependence on dangerous, climate-warming fossil fuels that pollute the air and water and harm public health and communities. We work for clean energy solutions that will lower consumer energy bills, create jobs, and build our economy.


Resilient Communities (RC) is a Program inside of the division of NRDC’s Healthy People Thriving

Communities (HPTC). RC focuses on equitable solutions to climate change through deep work

with local and national partners.



Advance energy policies that provide direct benefits to low-income residents:

  • Co-design with CBOs representing low-income Californians and lead NRDC advocacy to achieve significant shifts in energy burden impacting California’s low-income residents and front-line community residents through direct engagement with utilities (public and private), their associations, the Legislature, the Governor’s office, and with the energy and climate agencies, including direct advocacy with Commissioners and staff.
  • Participate in and support coalitions of housing, energy, environmental, and social justice advocates to advocate for these policies, ensuring NRDC’s work advances energy justice and affordability goals identified by those bearing the burden of historic disinvestment and pollution burden.
  • Coordinate across Resilient Communities and Climate and Clean Energy to ensure coordination and consistency across programs.


Advance existing equitable decarbonization and resilient healthy homes policies:

  • Co-design policies and advocacy strategies with housing justice, tenants’ rights advocates, and mission-driven affordable housing developers and lead NRDC advocacy in support of creating polices that advance the preservation of and expand access to affordable, healthy, and resilient housing.
  • Work to expand and improve existing utility, state, and federal efficiency programs, incentives, and rates that impact existing buildings.
  • Advocate for protections and support for low-income Californians in the transition from fossil gas to clean electricity in their homes, including in forums to shape gas transition planning
  • Lead NRDC advocacy with energy and climate agencies, the state Legislature, and local boards or city councils to promote effective policies for existing buildings.


Conduct professional and effective advocacy and coalition-building:

  • Participate in energy justice, housing justice and environmental justice driven coalitions
  • Develop and propose effective policies and/or bills
  • Author comments, testimony, and briefs, and publish articles, reports and blogs
  • Engage in direct advocacy with key decision makers and stakeholders
  • Lead and manage development of research, and identify priority strategies and research topics through engagement with stakeholders to inform NRDC research.
  • Build and maintain relationships with key stakeholders
  • Contribute to NRDC fundraising efforts



  • Commitment to NRDC’s mission and values.
  • Minimum five to seven years of experience.
  • Relevant experience or education in the fields of energy, climate justice, public policy, finance, economics, science, or engineering.


  • Experience in community organizing, community mobilization, or broad stakeholder engagement and coalition building.

Learn more here

Job posted: 2022-05-10