Natural Resources Defense Council

Mobility and Climate Advocate

Employment type
Full Time
2 months ago
Los Angeles, CA


The Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) is the nation's most effective environmental action organization. We use law, science and the support of 2.4 million members and online activists to protect the planet's wildlife and wild places and to ensure a safe and healthy environment for all living things.  NRDC was founded in 1970 and our staff helped write some of America's bedrock environmental laws, including the Clean Water Act, and many of the implementing regulations; our water enforcement cases played a major role shaping current water policy throughout the country. Today, our staff of more than 500 lawyers, scientists, economists, policy and communications experts, and others, work out of offices in New York, Washington, Chicago, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Livingston, Montana and Beijing.

NRDC is seeking a Mobility and Climate Advocate to work with the Urban Solutions team, NRDC’s newest program. Urban Solutions works to produce strong, just and resilient communities that address climate change, by providing the support necessary for urban areas to find, fund and implement integrated, equitable and replicable policy and market strategies. Urban Solutions focuses on the basics of life such as providing affordable transportation choices, lowering energy bills, and providing access to healthy food. The Mobility and Climate Advocate would lead NRDC’s Los Angeles place based mobility work, as well as help to manage and coordinate internal and external teams to achieve program goals.


  • Lead NRDC’s LA region work to advance transportation choices that both cut carbon pollution and advance social equity by providing all residents with more affordable options for accessing daily destinations such as transit, active transportation and emerging shared mobility choices.

  • Serve as liaison from Urban Solutions to other NRDC programs with LA place-based work such as water, energy, air quality, transportation, and infrastructure helping to identify and leverage points of overlap and synergy;

  • Collaborate with other NRDC LA staff to manage interdisciplinary projects in distressed communities—including Little Tokyo and Watts—and work with community leaders, public officials, and other partners to develop innovative and actionable strategies that leverage a range of NRDC expertise and programs to revitalize distressed neighborhoods and lead to citywide policy reform. Integrate the importance of inclusivity, diversity and social equity in all of NRDC’s LA work;

  • Manage grants, contracts, and oversee the work of technical consultants;

  • Identify opportunities in city, county and regional policy documents, funding plans, and investment packages to advocate sustainable transportation solutions that save households money and cut pollution, especially through regional and statewide coalitions

  • Coordinate with NRDC’s California Advocacy team to identify state legislative and administrative opportunities to advance Urban Solutions’ priorities.



  • Strong background in urban planning and policy, environmental sustainability, real estate, transportation planning and policy. Strong preference for 5 years + experience;

  • Strong writing, public speaking, communications and analytical skills;

  • Strong project management skills;

  • Familiarity and demonstrated relationships with LA non-profit and advocacy organizations as well as public sector agencies;

  • Understanding of principles and strategies around sustainable communities, green neighborhoods, energy efficiency, transit and transit-oriented development, active transportation, economic development, and climate change and resiliency, familiarity with LEED-ND;Willingness to travel both within California and across the United States (many of Urban Solutions team members work out of the DC office, regular travel is necessary)

  • Ability to work independently a must, ability to take initiative to problem solve critical. Self-starter to thrive in an entrepreneurial culture.

  • Ability to work in collaborative contexts, effectively as a member of a team, regular communication with team members essential.

  • Passion for changing rules, investments, policies and programs to support sustainable development, with an eye towards reducing greenhouse gas emissions, is essential.

  • Fluency in Spanish a plus.

NRDC is committed to workplace diversity and inclusion. We are equal opportunity employers and do not discriminate in hiring or employment on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, gender, marital status, sexual orientation, age, disability, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state, or local law. We offer competitive salaries, excellent benefits, and a pleasant working environment. Salary is based on a nonprofit scale and commensurate with experience.

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