MENLO PARK, Calif. – Erin Rogers, an expert in climate and energy policy in the western United States, has joined The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation as an officer in the Foundation’s Environment Program, officials announced today.
Before joining the Foundation, Rogers was manager of western states climate and energy work for the Union of Concerned Scientists, in which capacity she conducted policy analysis at the state and regional level and worked to build coalitions and partnerships with other organizations. Earlier she worked at the Union of Concerned Scientists as outreach manager for climate, energy, and vehicle programs.
As Environment Program Officer at the Foundation, Rogers will build on work already underway to engage a broad base of increasingly influential voices in the policy debate on western conservation, energy, and climate issues. The portfolio of grants she will administer grows out of successful efforts to engage, among others, Latino, environmental justice, medical, and public health advocates to improve air quality in California’s Central Valley and around Southern California’s ports. She will work to extend this approach to other parts of the West and the nation.
“Erin’s experience with diverse partners throughout the West makes her the ideal person to take the reins of this work,” said Tom Steinbach, the director of the Environment Program. “We look forward to her building on this successful body of grantmaking in support of the Program's climate, energy, and western conservation goals.”
Rogers graduated with a bachelor’s degree from The University of Texas liberal arts honors program. She received a master’s degree in public administration from Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government, with a focus on sustainable energy policy.
“I’m delighted to be joining the Hewlett Foundation to help the Environment Program extend its work to an even broader constituency,” Rogers says. “This is timely work and the Foundation has a well-deserved reputation for being effective. I look forward to getting started.”