Our Mission

The American Jobs Initiative searches the globe for best practice strategies for improving the U.S. economy from the bottom up—helping regional, state, and local economies become leaders in high-growth, good-paying, triple bottom line industries. AJI focuses on politically feasible policy solutions that will create jobs for local communities while solving some of today’s most pressing challenges.

To achieve our mission, AJI conducts and distributes original research, engages with stakeholders, and educates citizens on economic development in industries with positive economic, social, and environmental impacts. AJI actively engages leaders in industry, government, nonprofits, and academia to explore ideas and collaborate on research. AJI also strives to create enriching learning opportunities for students through courses and internships.

Meet the Team

Board of Directors

Joshua Bar-Lev, Secretary of American Jobs Initiative
Paul Wright, Treasurer of American Jobs Initiative

Jennifer Granholm

President

Former Governor and Attorney General of Michigan

Joshua Bar-Lev

Secretary

Regulatory and Policy Advisor for Primus Power

Paul Wright

Treasurer

Director of the Berkeley Energy and Climate Institute

Management Team

Henry Love, Executive Director of American Jobs Initiative

Henry Love

Executive Director

hanklove@americanjobsinitiative.org

Henry Love is the Executive Director of the American Jobs Initiative (AJI). After graduating from Central Michigan University with a degree in Entrepreneurial Business and Finance, Henry provided consulting services to nonprofit organizations and small business owners. His work with nonprofits eventually led him to serve as the Assistant Director of Michigan Energy Options (MEO), a statewide nonprofit energy efficiency and renewable energy organization. Henry moved to the Bay Area in 2011, staying on as an executive consultant to MEO and providing executive consulting services to several California nonprofit organizations. In 2014, Henry helped start the American Jobs Project at BECI, eventually taking the role of Senior Project Manager.​ In 2016, Henry and several AJP alumni founded the American Jobs Initiative, which now manages the operations of the American Jobs Project​ for BECI​. Henry ​has ​​recently​ worked on paired leadership research at the Haas School of Business with leadership expert Dan Mulhern and currently​ serves on the board of Community Energy Services Corporation, a Berkeley nonprofit organization that implements energy efficiency and healthy homes programs​.

Kate Ringness, Program Director of American Jobs Initiative

Kate Ringness

Program Director

kate.ringness@americanjobsinitiative.org

Kate Ringness is a Program Director with the American Jobs Initiative and a visiting scholar at UC Berkeley, constructing state-specific policy roadmaps to create good-paying advanced energy jobs around the United States. A graduate of Duke Law School, Kate spent the first part of her career as in-house counsel at Merrill Lynch in Europe advising on issues in international finance and corporate law. Inspired by the potential in the energy storage and renewable energy industries and recognizing the critical role of policy in the shift from a fossil fuel economy, she transitioned into the energy sector by earning a Master of Public Policy degree from UC Berkeley with a focus on energy policy. She is an ardent supporter of the energy storage industry and has spoken at several events on the benefits of energy storage and how policy can drive economic development in the sector.

Mary Collins, Program Director of American Jobs Initiative

Mary Collins

Program Director

mary@americanjobsinitiative.org

Mary is a Program Director with the American Jobs Initiative, where she works to promote our advanced energy economy through collaboration with academics, non-profits, business leaders, policy makers, and other stakeholders. She has presented at conferences such as the American Wind Energy Association, co-taught a course on economic development and advanced energy at UC Berkeley, and authored several reports on state-specific strategies to encourage clean energy manufacturing, with a focus on wind, additive manufacturing, and advanced materials. She has a M.P.P. from UC Berkeley with an emphasis on energy policy and economic development. From 2010 to 2013 she served in Peace Corps Panama as a Sustainable Agriculture Extension Agent, Co-Director of the Gender and Development Committee, and as a Regional Coordinator for Peace Corps Panama. Prior to serving in Peace Corps, she worked in several Smithsonian laboratories and was a veterinary technician and manager at a small, family-owned business. She has a B.S. from Virginia Tech, is a certified yoga instructor, and serves on the board of directors of a local non-profit called MESA.

Tiffany Wong, Program Coordinator of American Jobs Initiative

Tiffany Wong

Program Coordinator

tiffany.wong@americanjobsinitiative.org

Tiffany Wong has been with the American Jobs Initiative since 2015, creating state policy guides for quality advanced energy jobs across the nation. In addition to supporting overall operations, she has contributed extensive policy research, outreach, writing, and copyediting. This work has allowed her to delve into specific topics such as solar, advanced materials, and workforce development. A UC Berkeley graduate, she received a B.S. in Environmental Sciences and a B.S. in Society and Environment. Through her studies, she has explored issues of power grid resilience and legal strategies for environmental justice communities. She aims to continue learning and making an impact at the intersection of socioeconomic security and environmental health. Outside of work, she is dedicated to serving the Bay Area community as an active member of Kiwanis International. She is also an amateur ornithologist and enjoys all things creative.

Tiffany Wong, Program Coordinator of American Jobs Initiative

Laura Hobbs

Program Coordinator

laurahobbs@americanjobsproject.us

Laura Hobbs is a Program Coordinator for AJI living in Oakland, California. Previously, she worked as an aide for the San Francisco Board of Supervisors and a PACE financing program assistant at the San Francisco Department of Environment. Since Laura joined AJI in May of 2015, she has researched renewable energy policy and advanced materials, among many other topics. Additionally, she wrote and published a policy proposal for the city of Berkeley in May of 2016 that focused on the regional benefits of community choice aggregation. Laura received a bachelor’s degree in environmental economics and policy from the University and California, Berkeley.

The American Jobs Initiative is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.

Joshua Bar-Lev, Secretary of American Jobs Initiative
Paul Wright, Treasurer of American Jobs Initiative
Henry Love, Executive Director of American Jobs Initiative
Kate Ringness, Program Director of American Jobs Initiative
Mary Collins, Program Director of American Jobs Initiative
Tiffany Wong, Program Coordinator of American Jobs Initiative
Tiffany Wong, Program Coordinator of American Jobs Initiative
Joshua Bar-Lev, Secretary of American Jobs Initiative
Paul Wright, Treasurer of American Jobs Initiative
Henry Love, Executive Director of American Jobs Initiative
Kate Ringness, Program Director of American Jobs Initiative
Mary Collins, Program Director of American Jobs Initiative
Tiffany Wong, Program Coordinator of American Jobs Initiative
Tiffany Wong, Program Coordinator of American Jobs Initiative
Joshua Bar-Lev, Secretary of American Jobs Initiative
Henry Love, Executive Director of American Jobs Initiative
Kate Ringness, Program Director of American Jobs Initiative
Mary Collins, Program Director of American Jobs Initiative
Tiffany Wong, Program Coordinator of American Jobs Initiative
Tiffany Wong, Program Coordinator of American Jobs Initiative