Betony Jones started her career in the White House translating climate change science for the country’s most senior policy makers under President Clinton. Through that political lens, she saw the complex economy-wide nature of climate change as both the biggest obstacle to effective policy-making but also the greatest opportunity to build broad-based political support.
For the past 18 years, Betony’s career has focused on identifying job and equity impacts and economic development potential of climate action. Her ability to connect big picture ideas with pragmatic implementation strategies has been put to use designing and launching innovative energy efficiency programs; strategy consulting with foundations, non-profit organizations, local and state governments, and energy utilities; and conducting ground-breaking research to support California’s ambitious climate policies.
Before starting Inclusive Economics, she spent four years as the Associate Director of the Green Economy Program at the UC Berkeley Labor Center. She has a B.S. degree in botany from the University of Michigan and earned her masters degree from the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies.