Climate nonprofit funded by Laurene Powell Jobs hires top state official | New
Putting the power behind her pledge to fund more than $3 billion to fight climate change and communities, philanthropist and investor Laurene Powell Jobs has hired California Environmental Protection Secretary Jared Blumenfeld as its first president. of the Waverley Street Foundation, according to an August 12 press release.
The Palo Alto-based foundation, a climate action group started by Powell Jobs, supports grantees who work closely with farmers, students, investors, Indigenous peoples, advocates and others on the housing, transport, health and food security.
Jobs Powell announced in 2021 that the nonprofit foundation would award more than $3 billion — its entire endowment — by 2035.
“Our planet, and all of us who inhabit it, are no more at risk than our climate crisis. The Waverley Street Foundation was set up to tackle this crisis with the kind of bold, innovative ideas we urgently need. “Powell Jobs, who is the foundation’s vice president, said in the statement. “In Jared, the Waverley Street Foundation will have a proven leader with the vision and experience this complex global challenge demands. His leadership at city, state and regional levels will prove invaluable as we seek to translate local action into global impact.”
Blumenfeld was also a senior U.S. Environmental Protection Agency official during the Obama administration and had a track record of working with underserved communities, according to the press release. At the Waverley Street Foundation, he will focus on actions that support the groundbreaking work being done in communities around the world to reduce carbon pollution.
“We have 10 years to drastically reduce climate pollution, which is already causing extreme heat, mega-wildfires, destructive droughts and rising sea levels. Our best solutions and climate heroes are in communities. communities struggling to survive,” Blumenfeld said in the statement. “Waverley Street will put the voices of the community at the center of our work. Together with Lisa Jackson, Laurene Powell Jobs and the Waverley Board of Directors, we will strengthen efforts that will result in an equitable and livable planet for all humanity.”
Blumenfeld will take up his new role in September.
“Jared has spent his career engaging with people on the ground, working in urban neighborhoods, in rural areas, in tribal communities and beyond to directly address the challenges posed by climate change,” Lisa said. P. Jackson, Chair of the Board of the Waverley Street Foundation. the press release.
“He knows that progress and innovation are possible when we put the voices and work of local communities at the forefront of climate action, and we are delighted to have him guiding Waverley Street’s mission into the future. “
Jackson is vice president of environment, policy and social initiatives at Apple, Inc. and is a former administrator of the United States Environmental Protection Agency.
Prior to his leadership at CalEPA, Blumenfeld served as the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s regional administrator for the Pacific Southwest, which covers Arizona, California, Hawaii, Nevada, the Pacific Islands and 148 tribal nations. He’s hiked the Pacific Crest Trail from Mexico to Canada, hosted an environmental podcast Podship Earth, and worked in China, India, Europe, Africa, and the Americas to protect more than 8 million acres of wildlife habitat. He served as director of San Francisco’s Department of the Environment, during which San Francisco was named “the most sustainable city in the nation.”
Upon stepping down from the office of Governor Gavin Newsom, Blumenfeld said, “I am deeply grateful to Governor Newsom for the opportunity to serve the people of California and proud of all that we have accomplished at CalEPA. Governor Newsom has set the global standard for climate boldness. He stood up to polluters and provided billions of dollars to help Californians deal with the climate emergency.
The Waverley Street Foundation will soon launch its website to provide more details about its mission, beneficiaries and the impact of its work, the press release said.