Equitable Gas Distribution Infrastructure Planning Advocate, Climate & Clean Energy Program
Kiki Velez focuses on the transition to clean electricity in buildings in California, working with stakeholders and policymakers to transform the state’s building stock in alignment with pressing climate and equity needs. Prior to joining NRDC, she outlined policies for an equitable gas transition with the California Building Decarbonization Coalition and Common Spark Consulting, and she analyzed efforts to ensure a just transition for Colorado coal workers and communities with the BlueGreen Alliance. She also served as a policy intern to Chair David Hochschild at the California Energy Commission, where she studied the indoor air quality impacts of gas use in homes. Velez holds a bachelor’s degree in atmosphere/energy engineering from Stanford University. She is based in NRDC's San Francisco office.