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Traci Verardo-Torres

Program Director, California

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 diverse coalitions and collaborations needed to advance the ambitious state policy goals in the power, buildings, transportation, industrial, and climate sectors. This includes developing multi-year campaigns, leading the grantmaking process for grants in California, and managing investment in the state to build public and policymaker support for clean energy and climate action.

Traci brings more than two decades of experience in policy development, advocacy, and public affairs. Previously, Traci worked with Capitol Impact as Senior Program Director, where she managed the California Legislative Staff Education Institute and designed and facilitated cohort learning sessions on environmental and health policy, as well as racial equity. Prior to that, Traci founded and was Principal at TVT Consulting, and counseled clients on advancing policies and legislative issues and advised on relationship-building, partnerships, and stakeholder outreach. Traci also held several leadership positions at the California State Parks Foundation for over a decade, where she led the organization’s legislative affairs, grassroots advocacy, and grantee support to advocate for state parks.