Jose M. Carmona

Program Director, California Campaigns


José M. Carmona is the Energy Foundation’s Program Director, California Campaigns. Prior to joining the foundation, José was the Chief of Staff for the Assembly Democratic Majority Leader V. Manuel Perez (56th AD) since 2008. In that role, he advanced energy-related legislation, including a three-year extension of the Self-Generation Incentive Program; expedited permitting and siting of projects within the Desert Renewable Energy Conservation Plan; and secured funding for renewable energy workforce training in low-income and high unemployment areas of California. From 2003–2008, José was the Advocacy Director for the Center for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Technologies, Clean Power Campaign, and V. John White & Associates, where he tracked, analyzed, and lobbied 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. José 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.