José Carmona guides the foundation’s strategies to build public will for clean energy and climate policies in California. Working in close partnership with grantees, allies, and Energy Foundation policy and communications experts, José develops and funds strategies that achieve ambitious policy goals in the power, buildings, transportation, and climate sectors.
Prior to joining the foundation, José was the Chief of Staff for the Assembly Democratic Majority Leader V. Manuel Perez (2008–2014) and Advocacy Director for the Center for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Technologies (2003–2008) where he tracked, analyzed, and advocated for clean energy and climate legislation on behalf of renewable energy affiliates and environmental nonprofit organizations.
José has extensive legislative advocacy experience in the California State Senate and Assembly where he advocated for the passage of California’s landmark climate change law, AB 32, the Renewable Portfolio Standard, and the California Solar Initiative, in addition to regulatory implementation work at the California Air Resources Board, California Energy Commission, California Independent System Operator, and the California Public Utilities Commission. He also served as the lead energy advocate for the AB 32 Environmental Justice Advisory Committee from 2006–2008.
José holds a B.A. in Social and Political Science with an emphasis in Pre-Law from California State University, Chico.