Jessy Tolkan

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"Jessy Tolkan is the Head of Labs & Executive Director of Purpose Climate Lab, a movement accelerator working to supercharge the climate and clean energy movement. She spent the last decade as an activist and movement leader working for progressive change, specializing in large-scale advocacy campaigns that disrupt politics, culture, and polluting industries.

"Jessy has consulted with some of the leading social change organizations in the U.S., having led an international effort to build electric vehicle infrastructure for several major auto companies and as a senior advisor to the Working Families Organization and the Center for Working Families. She served as Co-Executive Director of both Citizen Engagement Laboratory and Energy Action Coalition and as State Director of the New Voters Project..." [1]

"Jessy Tolkan serves as the Political Director for Green For All, leading the federal political work of the organization. Prior to her role at Green For All, Jessy served as Executive Director for the Energy Action Coalition, a coalition of 50 leading youth organizations throughout the U.S. and Canada. Under her leadership the Energy Action Coalition grew a generation-wide movement to stop global warming, by advocating for green jobs, stopping new coal plants, and making young people's voices heard in the policy debate around global climate change. Jessy has spent most of her career working to build power amongst the millennial generation. In 2004, as state director for the New Voters Project, Tolkan helped to register more than 130,000 young voters and produce one of the highest youth turnout rates in the country. She's been featured in Time Magazine, Hard Ball with Chris Matthews, and Vanity Fair Magazine. Jessy helped to plan the largest youth gathering on global warming in our nation's history - POWER SHIFT 2009, a conference that brought together more than 12,000 youth representing all 50 states, and culminated with the largest single lobby day on capitol hill focused on global warming. Jessy spearheaded POWER VOTE, a campaign to mobilize 1,000,000 young voters are climate and energy issues in more than 30 states across the country.

"Prior to her work at the Energy Action Coalition, Tolkan worked with leading advocacy and grassroots organizations including: United States Student Association, Young Democrats of America, and Grassroots Campaigns, Inc. Tolkan received a B.A. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in Political Science and African American-Studies. In 2008, Tolkan was named one of 100 agents of change by Rolling Stone Magazine."[2]

  • Steering Committee, 1Sky
  • Director, [3]
  • Board Member, Citizen Engagement Laboratory - Dates volunteered 2011 – Present Volunteer duration 7 yrs

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  1. Purpose Jessy Tolkan, organizational web page, accessed November 29, 2018.
  2. 1Sky Steering Committee, organizational web page, accessed April 5, 2012.
  3. Board, organizational web page, accessed December 30, 2013.