Jennifer Somers is Energy Foundation’s Program Director for Energy Efficiency for All, a multi-partner initiative aimed at increasing resources for comprehensive energy upgrades in multifamily housing to help create healthier, more affordable living environments. Jennifer works to explore and reimagine strategies to ensure a just and equitable clean energy transition.
Prior to joining the Energy Foundation, she was a Senior Policy Advisor for the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and Team Lead for Training and Technical Assistance for DOE’s Weatherization Assistance Program during the American Reinvestment and Recovery Act. Managing a multi-year strategic plan, she worked in partnership with the Weatherization network to facilitate the transformation of the home performance industry by ensuring the quality of energy upgrades. She also served on the Federal Interagency Healthy Homes Working Group and the Energy Department’s interagency liaison on multifamily energy efficiency. As a Program Officer for Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC), she led the Green Connection program, working with community-based developers and owners of affordable multifamily housing to integrate healthy homes and energy-efficient practices into their portfolios. A former affordable housing project manager and environmental health consultant, Jennifer started her career as an organizer around economic and environmental justice issues in an underinvested community of color.
Jennifer currently serves as co-chair of The Funder’s Network for Smart Growth and Livable Communities GREEN! (Green, Renewable, Efficient, Equitable, Now) working group. She has served on the Board of Directors of Build It Green (BIG) and the Interstate Renewable Energy Council (IREC).