Creating a cleaner and more prosperous economy for all Californians

Our mission

For decades, California has set the pace for clean economy and climate policy nationally. In recent years, that clean economy leadership has come under threat from a resurgent fossil fuel lobby in Sacramento. We need new and dynamic clean economy political leaders to put California back on the right track, leading the country and the world in creating a cleaner and more prosperous economy for all Californians.


We will recruit those with a demonstrated track record of success building the Clean Economy to positions of political leadership in California


We will help California's emerging political leaders develop their capacity to influence policy outcomes, and build the statewide networks they will need to succeed


We will mobilize our community to actively support the careers and aspirations of California's most promising Clean Economy political leaders.

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We have put together a team with a deep experience in Clean Economy business and politics:

Nicholas Josefowitz

Nicholas Josefowitz

Founder & Executive Director

Nicholas is the Founder and Executive Director of Leadership for a Clean Economy. Nicholas brings a deep understanding of the clean economy business community. He founded and led RenGen Energy, a solar power plant development company. Under his leadership, RenGen financed and built $100 million of solar power plants. Nicholas was elected to the BART Board in 2014, representing San Francisco’s 8th District. He also serves on the Boards of the California League of Conservation Voters and the Bay Area Jewish Community Relations Council. He graduated from Harvard College.

Rachel Van Wert

Rachel Van Wert

Political Director

Rachel Van Wert is the Political Director for Leadership for a Clean Economy. Rachel brings experience in campaigning and electoral politics. She worked on congressional campaigns for three election cycles, most re- cently serving as the Political Director for Carol Shea-Porter’s successful campaign for Congress in New Hampshire in 2012. Rachel also spent two years supporting federal environmental crimes prosecutions at the U.S. Department of Justice. Rachel graduated from Duke University.

Danielle Oliveto

Danielle Oliveto

Operations Director

Danielle Oliveto is the Operations Director for Leadership for a Clean Economy. Danielle brings experience in campaigning and legislative lead- ership. In 2014, she managed Congressman Jared Polis’ successful re- election campaign in Colorado. For five years prior, she served in Rep. Polis’ congressional office as his Deputy Communications Director and Executive Assistant. Danielle graduated from the University of Colorado at Boulder.


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