350 Bay Area is made up of a dynamic team of specialists in their filed. One of these awesome activists is Laura, 350 Bay Area’s Executive Director; read about her work and passions below.
First of all, we have an amazingly talented and dedicated team of volunteers and staff, and we motivate each other to keep going. Second, we are ideally placed to have an outsized influence: California looks to the San Francisco Bay Area for innovative solutions, and the world looks to California. We are an effective organization with a unique approach in the region: we play a leading role in collaborations to mobilize mass action, and we bring expertise to the table. Our volunteers and staff have an impressive depth and breadth of knowledge about emissions-reducing policies and the entities that hold the authority to implement them. From the California legislature, to our regional Air District, to the Public Utilities Commission, 350 Bay Area has the commitment, expertise, and savvy to make change happen.
350 Bay Area plays a leading role in building the crowd swell demanding action. We are frequently a catalyst: identifying, clarifying, and leading on key issues. We are frequently a collaborator: working with allied organizations in a targeted way to accomplish a focused mission. And we are always a supporter of those seeking to address injustice, both environmental and social.
Well, we’re going to need all of them, and it’s hard to choose just one. Right now there’s so much innovation on the transition to 100% clean energy that it’s exciting to watch. Prices for wind, solar, and storage are coming down far more quickly than expected, driven by scale and innovation, and the more jurisdictions that pass 100% clean energy targets, the more likely the solutions will be found to get there sooner rather than later. We also need to electrify our activities, and Tesla really changed the game when they created an aspirational EV. The excitement generated by the Tesla spark could lead to a very rapid shift away from gas-burning cars.
Before working in climate activism, I was a management consultant and also worked with a small private equity fund. During that part of my career, I consistently worked with community non profits.