Michelle Kinman
Environment California
Clean Energy Advocate

Michelle Kinman is our Clean Energy Advocate, managing priority campaigns for greater expansion of clean energy solutions in California and a reduced reliance on dirty and unsafe energy resources such as oil, natural gas and nuclear power.

Michelle coordinates the Charge Ahead California campaign—a joint effort by the Coalition for Clean Air, Communities for a Better Environment, Environment California, The Greenlining Institute, Natural Resources Defense Council—to expand electric vehicle use and ensure increased access to clean vehicles for low-income communities. In 2014, the campaign resulted in the passage and signing of the Charge Ahead California Initiative (SB 1275 De León), which is working to put 1 million electric vehicles on California’s roads by 2023 and broaden access to electric vehicles through innovative car sharing programs, financing programs for low-income Californians, and vehicle retirement & replacement incentives.

Michelle also manages Environment California’s grassroots campaigns for greater expansion of solar energy throughout the state, including our Go Solar LA campaign, which aims to secure 1,200 MW of local solar energy in Los Angeles by 2020.

She has authored or co-authored numerous reports on clean energy, including "Will Solar Have a Home in California: Ending Net Energy Metering Would Put the Residential Solar Market at Risk" and "Solar in the Southland: The Benefits of Achieving 20 Percent Local Solar Power in Los Angeles by 2020." Michelle has been interviewed on numerous television and radio programs, including NBC News Conference and Fox's Money with Melissa Francis, and has been quoted by news outlets including the Los Angeles Times, San Francisco Chronicle, San Jose Mercury News and the Associated Press.

Michelle co-founded and from 2003-mid-2011 served as Deputy Director of Crude Accountability, an environmental justice organization that works with communities negatively impacted by oil and gas development in the Caspian Sea region.

Michelle holds a graduate certificate in Environmental Policy and Management, with an emphasis on Energy and Sustainability, from the University of Denver, and a BA in International Studies and Russian Language and Literature from Washington University in St. Louis. She was a finalist in the 2015 U.S. C3E Women in Energy Awards competition. She lives in Torrance.