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Go to Traci Verardo-Torres

Person: Traci Verardo-Torres

Traci guides EF’s strategies to build public support for clean energy and climate policies in California, a state that has driven innovative and urgent climate policy—and must continue to do so. Working in the state and in close partnership with EF’s West regional staff, consultants, grantees and advocates, and funder partners, Traci designs and funds strategies that create the … Continued

Go to Dena Kleemeier

Person: Dena Kleemeier

Dena supports the execution of Clean Transportation team grants through meetings with grantees, consultants and funders; reviewing grant proposals; co-managing the program budget; drafting programmatic reports; managing projects; and maintaining communication with grantees and funders. Dena has previously served as a Country Engagement and Gender Analyst at the NDC Partnership Support Unit through the World Resources … Continued

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Post: Learning from Grantees: What We’re Doing Well, How We Can Improve

As part of our collective effort to continue learning, developing, and improving, U.S. Energy Foundation (EF) committed to working with the Center for Effective Philanthropy (CEP) to conduct and act on the findings of a Grantee Perception Survey and subsequent reports over the past 18 months. We are deeply grateful that the William and Flora … Continued

Go to Margrethe Kearney

Person: Margrethe Kearney

Margrethe develops and funds policy strategies that will achieve ambitious, equitable, and regionally-aligned policy goals in the power, transportation, climate, industry, and building sectors in the Midwest, a high-potential region for achieving meaningful policy progress. She works with internal and external partners to continually evaluate policies based on emissions-reduction potential, technical and market viability, and … Continued

Go to It’s Electric! Heading Back to School in Style

Post: It’s Electric! Heading Back to School in Style

As children head back to school this fall, some families may notice that their yellow school bus has gotten an upgrade. Electric school buses are rolling onto streets in communities all across the U.S., with over 12,000 electric school buses committed in 38 states, and more to come. With funding from the Infrastructure Investment and … Continued

Go to Heat Pumps: A Path to Health and Climate Benefits

Post: Heat Pumps: A Path to Health and Climate Benefits

Heat waves kill more people in the U.S. than hurricanes, tornados, floods, or any other weather hazard—combined. Heat waves have grown three times as long over the last half century and occur twice as often. If we could see these invisible heat waves, they’d look a whole lot more like heat tsunamis. The good news … Continued

Go to Adriane Frazier

Person: Adriane Frazier

Adriane supports the West team in planning and managing projects and budgets, making and administering grants, and working with advocates and other partners to execute strategies and projects. She manages projects within and outside the team, develops and implements systems and processes to facilitate internal and external collaboration, provides administrative support to the team, and … Continued

Go to Maria Alvarez

Person: Maria Alvarez

Maria manages all finance, budget, audit, and compliance matters throughout the entirety of the organization. This includes financial management, team and systems management, promoting bank and vendor relationships, financial communications, and financial planning and reporting. Maria takes on a cross-functional role between leadership, the Board and Program, Policy, Communications, and Strategic Partnership teams in each … Continued