| March 28, 2024

President & Chief Executive Officer

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  • Full Time
  • Anywhere

Website Climate and Clean Energy Equity Fund

The Climate and Clean Energy Equity Fund and The Climate Equity Action Fund — a pathbreaking grantmaker and policy accelerator dedicated to advancing climate solutions rooted in movement and community-based power — seeks its next President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO). Since their founding in 2016, the Equity Funds have grown into a formidable and influential force in philanthropy at the nexus of climate change, democracy, and equity, supporting power-building to drive change at scale and accelerate the transition to a just and equitable clean energy future.

The two funds together comprise an “eight-year-old start-up,” having formally spun off from fiscal sponsorship into independent 501(c)(3) and 501(c)(4) organizations in January 2024.  Over an eight-year history, the Funds have emerged as national influencers in climate philanthropy and public policy and leaders in advancing equitable climate action and clean energy transition in the United States. The combined funding has grown from $1 million in 2016 to almost $40 million in 2024. From a two-person team working in just four states, the Funds today are a 35-strong team supporting community-based organizations across 13 states. This powerful portfolio champions climate and clean energy initiatives, public policies, and narrative strategies by empowering Black, Indigenous, Latinx, AAPI, and multi-racial working-class communities that are at the frontlines of the climate crisis. The Funds empower these communities through sustained, unrestricted grant funding and through strategic support, encompassing programmatic and technical assistance as well as support in targeted communications, public policy analysis, voter research, and voter mobilization.

The CEO will serve as the principal spokesperson and champion for the Funds and as an innovator, thought leader, collaborator, and catalyst in advancing values of equity and accountability within the climate movement, philanthropy, and social change advocacy. They must understand and champion grassroots community organizing and power-building, and persuasively make the case to policymakers and to the expanding universe of philanthropic partners for continued and increased support. Internally, the CEO will ensure that the Funds’ management, operational systems and policies, infrastructure, and team culture reflect the organization’s recent rapid growth and embody the values of equity, fairness, inclusivity, and accountability that undergird its mission.

Review of candidates will begin immediately with an expected appointment in summer 2024. Nominations, inquiries, and applications, including a resume and 1- to 3-page letter of interest, should be submitted electronically below.

Karen Wilcox is leading this search with Damla Williams and Rachel Banderob.

Visit the Equity Fund’s website here.

As newly independent 501(c)(3) and 501(c)(4) organizations, the Climate and Clean Energy Equity Fund and Climate Equity Action Fund are committed to attracting, developing, and retaining exceptional people and to creating a work environment that is dynamic and rewarding. The Funds’ work environment is safe and open to all employees, respecting the full spectrum of race, color, religious creed, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, political affiliation, ancestry, age, disability, genetic information, veteran status, and all other classifications protected by law.

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