Fellows in the News

Switzer Fellow Zully Juarez interviewed Oregon State Representative and community advocate, Khanh Pham, a founding leader of and spokesperson for the Portland Clean Energy Fund (PCEF) about her involvement with PCEF, campaign challenges and words of advice for any cities interested in adopting a similar model

In 2018, PCEF was passed as a ballot measure initiative to provide funding for climate action that advances racial and social justice. According to the City of Portland’s website, the Fund is “anticipated to bring $44 - $61 million in new annual revenue for green jobs, healthy homes and a climate-friendly Portland”.

With overwhelming community support, voters were able to accomplish passing PCEF after many years of organizing, community-building, policy development and fundraising. PCEF is the nation’s first municipal climate justice fund created and led by communities of color. 

Zully is a Senior Research & Policy Analyst at Just Solutions Collective, where Representative Pham is also a Senior Fellow/Strategist on community reinvestment.

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