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STRATEGIC ENERGY INNOVATIONS

Building Leaders for a Resilient World

aka SEI: Building Resilient Leaders   |   San Rafael, CA   |  www.seiinc.org

Mission

We build leaders to drive sustainability solutions.

Ruling year info

2000

Executive Director

Cyane Dandridge

Main address

100 Smith Ranch Road Suite 124

San Rafael, CA 94903 USA

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EIN

68-0404081

NTEE code info

Energy Resources Conservation and Development (C35)

Research Institutes and/or Public Policy Analysis (B05)

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Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Energize Colleges

The Energize Colleges program helps build a highly qualified energy and sustainability workforce through paid, hands-on internships and fellowships, and academic learning experiences for students to explore sustainability career opportunities.
​Energize Colleges offers academic projects, curriculum development, and communities of practice to integrate sustainability content into cross-disciplinary curriculum, build connections across departments and campuses, and increase the learning outcomes and practical experiences for higher education students.

Population(s) Served

Climate Corps is an award-winning fellowship program that provides professional development opportunities for emerging leaders through implementation of sustainability and resiliency projects with local governments, nonprofits, and for-profit businesses. Host organizations receive the support of qualified, passionate, dedicated Fellows, who gain real-world expertise in sustainability project implementation. Climate Corps simultaneously addresses climate and sustainability projects and cultivates the next generation of environmental leaders. Since 2010, Climate Corps has worked with over 600 partners and 800 Fellows on 1,300 high-impact projects.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Energize Careers aims to create a diverse and representational sustainability workforce through the economic empowerment of people who experience systemic barriers to employment by helping them to access high-wage, high-growth green career opportunities. The Energize Careers Program provides holistic services to support marginalized people through technical training, job placement, and employment support. Energize Careers partners with pre-apprenticeship programs, apprenticeship programs, community-based training organizations, and community colleges to provide technical sustainability training to underserved individuals, and we collaborate with wrap around service providers and industry partners to provide people with services and support to access career pathways into stable, living wage sustainability jobs.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Adults
Ethnic and racial groups
Economically disadvantaged people
Ex-offenders

SEI's Energize Schools Program provides holistic services to engage, inspire, and empower K-12 students to become environmental leaders, green their campus and community, and develop green career awareness and skills through hands-on, experiential learning. We provide teachers with project-based curriculum, teacher training, and direct instructional support to build student awareness and skills for energy and sustainability leadership and careers.

​Energize Schools hosts Green Careers Conferences, Energy Conservation Competitions, and Earth Day Campaign Contests to activate student leadership. The Energize Schools program has proven effective in a wide range of school communities: in 2020, we worked with more than 250 schools and over 65,000 students on sustainability education and action projects.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Students
Teachers

Where we work

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of individuals completing apprenticeship

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Climate Corps

Type of Metric

Context - describing the issue we work on

Direction of Success

Increasing

Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

SEI is an environmental nonprofit consultancy committed to building leaders to drive sustainability solutions. We envision a resilient world where all communities thrive. For over 25 years, SEI has partnered with schools, communities, and businesses to develop a sustainability leadership pathway from elementary school to early career. Our flagship programs educate and empower students and emerging professionals to create thriving, resilient communities.

Through designing and testing innovative models, our primary role is to build community by helping people pursue sustainable and collaborative ways of living, learning, and working. Our staff designs and applies innovative solutions to meet local needs and to realize meaningful outcomes. Our portfolio of services spans youth through the workforce, and a spectrum that ranges from essential needs assessment and best practices research, to program and project design and planning, policy consulting, curriculum development and training.

In our work with municipalities, community partners and businesses, we assist local governments to identify sustainability goals and design targeted policy to meet those objectives. This includes technical feedback and development of policy documents, evaluation of options, and best practices research and presentation. Additionally, we deliver onsite training coupled with customized training materials and curriculum for staff or community members on energy and sustainability related work. Climate change and rising energy costs have brought resource efficiency to the forefront of many communities’ agendas. We work with municipalities to identify and test out new approaches for saving money and reducing emissions while leveraging locally sourced talent and assets.

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To identify where we are less inclusive or equitable across demographic groups, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We collect feedback from the people we serve at least annually, We take steps to ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us, We look for patterns in feedback based on demographics (e.g., race, age, gender, etc.), We look for patterns in feedback based on people’s interactions with us (e.g., site, frequency of service, etc.), We act on the feedback we receive

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to get the people we serve to respond to requests for feedback, It is difficult to find the ongoing funding to support feedback collection, Staff find it hard to prioritize feedback collection and review due to lack of time

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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STRATEGIC ENERGY INNOVATIONS

Board of directors
as of 01/09/2024
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Dana Hokin

Bitter End Yacht Club

Ward Bouwman

Oakgrounds, Inc.

Matthew St. Clair

UC Office of the President

Bruce Riordan

Climate Readiness Institute

Deborah Raphael

SF Dept of the Environment

Abby Young

Bay Area Air Quality Mgmt District

Susan Anderson

Portland Bureau Planning and Sustainability

Cyane Dandridge

School of Environmental Leadership

Kahri Boykin

Merced Union High School District

Dr. Elaine Ikeda

Executive Director - LEAD California

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 12/13/2021

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? Candid partnered with CHANGE Philanthropy on this demographic section.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

Transgender Identity

Sexual orientation

Disability

No data

Equity strategies

Last updated: 01/09/2024

GuideStar partnered with Equity in the Center - an organization that works to shift mindsets, practices, and systems to increase racial equity - to create this section. Learn more

Data
  • We review compensation data across the organization (and by staff levels) to identify disparities by race.
  • We ask team members to identify racial disparities in their programs and / or portfolios.
  • We analyze disaggregated data and root causes of race disparities that impact the organization's programs, portfolios, and the populations served.
  • We disaggregate data to adjust programming goals to keep pace with changing needs of the communities we support.
  • We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
  • We disaggregate data by demographics, including race, in every policy and program measured.
  • We have long-term strategic plans and measurable goals for creating a culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.
Policies and processes
  • We use a vetting process to identify vendors and partners that share our commitment to race equity.
  • We have a promotion process that anticipates and mitigates implicit and explicit biases about people of color serving in leadership positions.
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.
  • We measure and then disaggregate job satisfaction and retention data by race, function, level, and/or team.
  • We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.