Program Officer in the Hewlett Foundation’s Environment Program
Erin Rogers has been a program officer in the Hewlett Foundation’s Environment Program since 2011. The Environment Program seeks to avoid the worst impacts of climate change while promoting prosperity and health by ultimately meeting all energy demand with clean energy.
Erin manages the Program's US clean energy and climate strategy development and funding portfolio. She makes grants to a wide range of organizations working to build public and political will in support of policies that reduce pollution from electricity and transportation sources and encourage the use of clean energy. Her grantees include influential business, conservative, consumer, public health, environmental justice, civil rights, and environmental advocates, among others. She is the Co-Chair of the Climate and Energy Funders group and participates in several other domestic and global funder collaborations.
Before coming to Hewlett, Erin was the manager of western states climate work for the Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS). In that role, she helped achieve passage and implementation of California’s ground-breaking climate law, AB 32. She built and managed diverse coalitions and partnerships, ran issue and communications campaigns, and conducted state and federal policy analysis.
Prior to joining UCS in 2004, Erin spent more than a decade working on environmental and social justice issues in Texas, including several years as the director of the Sierra Blanca Legal Defense Fund, focused on environmental justice issues on the Texas-Mexico border, and several very interesting years serving as lobbyist and legislative aide in the Texas Legislature.
Erin graduated with a bachelor’s degree from The University of Texas liberal arts honors program, Plan II. She received a master’s degree in public administration from Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government, with a focus on sustainable energy policy.