Policy Fellow (Contractor)

29 days ago
Full time role


About Elemental Excelerator Elemental Excelerator is on a mission to redesign the systems at the root of climate change. In 2009, ...

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About Elemental Excelerator

Elemental Excelerator is a Non-profit investment platform that invests in climate startups to address climate and social inequities head on. In 2009, Elemental Excelerator launched a new non-profit model for funding climate technology deployment across our heaviest emitting sectors: energy, agriculture, mobility, industry and waste. Breaking down barriers to innovation alongside entrepreneurs provides us unique insight into the policies, markets and technologies needed to build systems that not only help us reach net zero by 2050 but also uplift people and communities around the world. We have learned that when it comes to system-wide decarbonization, technology has half the solution – and the community brings the other half.

Elemental strives to match bold vision with equally ambitious and impactful action. As a non-profit, we have the mandate and flexibility to put impact first, and the highly entrepreneurial and iterative model that enables us to test many ways to drive equity alongside climate impact - to fundamentally alter the reality of climate work to be more inclusive and just. With a 10+ year track record of empowering solutions to climate change, we are poised for the next stage of growth and impact.

At Elemental, we blend a growth mindset with a dedication to inclusion, cultivating a dynamic culture where everyone’s contributions are valued and encouraged.

Help Us Design and Accelerate Policy Solutions to Climate Change

In April 2021, Elemental launched our new 5-year strategy, setting a plan to grow from an accelerator for climate tech into a broader platform to advance climate action and social equity. This work is built on three key pillars: (1) investing in startup success; (2) partnering deeply; and (3) inspiring action. 

From this, we launched our policy innovation lab for results-focused policy solutions that meet the moment of opportunity we face. The policy lab brings together policymakers, technology entrepreneurs, and community leaders in collective action to drive change where it is needed most. We do so by creating the building blocks of implementation—toolkits, case studies, frameworks, and hands-on support—because it’s how solutions are deployed that ultimately delivers on the promise of policy and technology.

We are seeking driven and passionate policy practitioners 

The Policy Fellowship is a year-long program designed to provide expert public-policy strategists with the opportunity to design solutions to key policy-related challenges that are impeding equitable climate technology innovation, adoption, and deployment in the U.S. Fellows will develop individual policy projects with support from the Elemental team, while also learning together with a cohort of fellows through in-person and virtual engagements. 

Through the Policy Fellowship program Elemental seeks to: 

  1. Apply Elemental’s experience incubating, supporting, and deploying new climate technology ideas to advance new climate policy ideas. 
  2. Create an excellent experience for Fellows that enriches their careers and inspires them to be advocates for climate innovation during their time at Elemental and beyond. 
  3. Build a strong network of public policy leaders who are champions of equitable climate innovation and understand the challenges and opportunities that climate tech deployment faces on the ground. 

What we are looking for in Policy Fellow Candidates:

  • Fellows will be expected to develop and implement a scalable and specific policy proposal that solves a critical challenge at the nexus of equity, climate, and innovation. Fellowships can be used to develop policy tool kits, model legislation, or new policy programs and frameworks that are ripe for adoption.
  • Fellows are seasoned professionals with significant experience designing, influencing, and shaping public policy at the local, state, or federal level.
  • Fellows have experience being effective advocates and policy designers. Fellows will have held or currently hold positions in government, at advocacy-focused nonprofits, as entrepreneurs, journalists, community leaders, corporate policy executives, lawyers, lobbyists or other relevant roles. 
  • Fellows have prior professional and/or lived experience and expertise in the sector(s), issue(s) and/or geographies that are relevant for their policy proposal. 
  • Fellows have connections to partners such as government agencies, elected officials, relevant nonprofits and advocacy groups, universities and research institutions, and/or media/journalists who can help amplify their work.
  • Fellows are self-directed strategists who know how to organize people across the public and private sectors and across political divisions.
  • Fellows have a deep interest in innovation and a desire to work with and learn from early-stage companies working on energy, waste, water, mobility, food & agriculture and/or nature based solutions. 

Additional details and frequently asked questions on our Policy Fellows can be found here.

Priority Interest Areas 

We welcome policy proposals across a broad range of climate solutions that bring together equity and innovation within a U.S. context. The following areas are of particular interest to Elemental and will be given priority consideration, however innovative proposals outside of these areas are also welcomed.

  1. Equitable tech deployment: IRA/IIJA/CHIPS implementation, with specific focus on achieving equity outcomes (e.g. infrastructure procurement, green bank design, tax credits, climate/Justice 40 dealflow)
  2. Workforce development, work quality standards, worker protection standards 
  3. Agriculture and natural resources (e.g. Farm Bill reform and innovation funding)
  4. Water quality & water reuse (e.g. drinking water, data and human health)
  5. Heavy-duty and off-road transportation (e.g. shipping and ports policy and tech deployment)
  6. Carbon Dioxide Removal (e.g. identifying solutions for mitigating siting issues with frontline communities, building trust, and co-creating benefits)
  7. Circular economy (e.g. plastic pollution policy at state and local level, waste reduction)

In your application please include the following: 

  1. Resume
  2. Project proposal (submit in cover letter section) using this template 

Other Details:

  • Elemental Excelerator offers a stipend based on the organization’s compensation philosophy, which is grounded in market data.
  • This is an independent contractor position that is primarily virtual with potential for in-person convenings and meetings.
  • Additional supports and benefits of the Policy fellow program outlined here.
  • Applications are due by December 16th, 2022 at 5:00 pm PST.
  • Policy Fellow applicant info session recording here

Elemental Excelerator is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer and has a strong commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging. Candidates from the following group are especially encouraged to apply: Black, Indigenous, and people of color (BIPOC); members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer or questioning, intersex, asexual (LGBTQIA+) communities; people who have disabilities; people from low-income backgrounds; people who identify as nonbinary; and women.


About Elemental Excelerator Elemental Excelerator is on a mission to redesign the systems at the root of climate change. In 2009, ...

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