CLCV Announce Critical Hires Ahead of 2020

Press Release
December 4, 2019

CLCV Announce Critical Hires Ahead of 2020

CONTACT: [email protected] | Jennifer Molina – 323.939.6791

OAKLAND, CA – The California League of Conservation Voters (CLCV) today announced four critical hires as it gears up for the 2020 election cycle. The hires: Sean McManus, Adele Olvera, Andrew Escamilla and Jennifer Molina, bring a far-reaching range of experience and expertise to help CLCV’s fundraising, organizing and communications efforts.

“2020 is the year of accountability – we need bold and transformative action to address the climate crisis,” said Mary Creasman CEO of CLCV. “We are excited to grow our team as we ramp up our efforts to fight for all California communities. The upcoming cycle and legislative session are critical to setting the tone for the next decade and with our latest additions, we are ready to win.”

Philanthropy

Sean McManus is CLCV's Director of Philanthropy. He has spent his professional career working and volunteering within causes that he is passionate about—the arts, the LGBTQ+ community, education and, most recently, the environment. Prior to joining CLCV, Sean dedicated more than two decades to supporting independent filmmakers and building the audience for their work as the Director of External Affairs at the New York-based Independent Filmmaker Project, as the Development Director, Senior Director and Co-President of Film Independent and as the Director of Major Gifts at the American Film Institute. He has also served in various development roles at the USC School of Engineering, as a Board Member of The Trevor Project, including two terms as Chairman of the Board, and as a fundraising volunteer for the Point Foundation. Sean is a graduate of the USC Marshall School of Business where he earned BSBA and MBA degrees.

Adel Olvera is CLCV’s Philanthropic Partnerships Officer. Adel has extensive experience working with nonprofit organizations, grassroots groups, and community partners –professionally and as a member of the community. She has led and supported projects and fundraising strategies that empower progressive causes and programs in California – from immigrant rights and education, reproductive health care access and sex education, voter rights and election integrity, and cycling and pedestrian safety. Adel played a key role in collaborations that sustained legal immigration and citizenship services in Santa Clara County that put individuals on a path to vote, supported economic development strategies that empowered resident-led revitalization plans for the Mayfair community in San Jose, helped to plan Contra Costa County’s 1st Women’s March, was part of a core team leading two annual national election integrity conferences held in Alameda County, worked closely with individuals in Northern California to fund sex education and reproductive health care services, and is involved in ensuring there are safe modes of transportation for cyclists – families and individuals in her community… just to name a few. Adel attended Humboldt State University and double majored in Psychology and Spanish Education, and has a certificate in mediation and SART (Sexual Assault Response Team.)

Organizing

Andrew Escamilla is CLCV's Regional Organizer. Andrew supports CLCV’s Organizing work in Fresno and other parts of the Central Valley. Originally focused on building equity and organizing students and families in California K-12 schools, Andrew will continue to Organize marginalized communities, ensuring their voices are centered and uplifted in the climate crisis movement. Andrew in his role as the Regional Organizer will help shape the public narrative, educate lawmakers, cultivate environmental and environmental justice leaders, drive policy change, and expand regional partnerships and action in the Central Valley. He graduated from Fresno State University with an M.A. in Education with the option in Higher Education Leadership. He is passionate about higher education access and equity for all, making sure front line communities are at the forefront of solutions when it comes to climate change, and the solutions put forth. When not working, you can find him enjoying the outdoors, family time, supporting his partner Mayra, and enjoying their little pupper, Appa.

Communications

Jennifer Molina is CLCV’s Communications Director. Jennifer is a bilingual communications strategist with experience running national and local issue-based advocacy campaigns. Most recently, Jennifer served as Press Secretary for California Attorney General Xavier Becerra. Previously, she worked on the Hillary Clinton for President campaign as the Constituency Media Director in Nevada where she was instrumental in mobilizing the State’s diverse electorate and electing Democrats up and down the ticket. Prior to joining the campaign, Jennifer held various roles at the Center for American Progress (CAP) and its Action Fund where she led CAP’s state media strategy and ethnic media program. Born in Cali, Colombia and raised in Bridgeport, Connecticut, Jennifer is passionate about fighting injustice, providing equal opportunity and environmental justice.

Posted on December 4, 2019 in Groundswell Blog, Press Releases.

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