Bracken Hendricks

Bracken Hendricks

Bracken Hendricks is a Senior Fellow with the Center for American Progress where he works on issues of climate change and energy independence, environmental protection, infrastructure investment, and economic policy, with a focus on broadening progressive constituencies and message framing. Hendricks served in the Clinton Administration as a Special Assistant to the Office of Vice President Al Gore and with the Department of Commerce’s National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, where he worked on the Interagency Climate Change Working Group, the President’s Council on Sustainable Development, and the White House Livable Communities Task Force on issues of public safety, electronic government, oceans policy, trade and the environment, and smart growth.

Hendricks was the founding Executive Director and is currently a National Steering Committee member of the Apollo Alliance for good jobs and energy independence, a coalition of labor, environmental, business and community leaders dedicated to changing the politics of energy independence. Hendricks served as a Consultant to the Office of the President of the AFL-CIO and as an Economic Analyst with the AFL-CIO Working for America Institute. He has been a member of Pennsylvania Governor Ed Rendell’s Energy Advisory Task Force, the Cornell University Eco-Industrial Round Table, and the Energy Future Coalition. He is also a philanthropic advisor to the Wallace Global Fund on matters of Civic Engagement and Democratic Participation. Hendricks serves on the board of Green HOME, a Washington, DC based non-profit promoting green building in affordable housing, and has worked on political campaigns in the private sector.

Hendricks is widely published on economic development, climate and energy policy, national security, and progressive political strategy. Hendricks holds a Master’s Degree in Public Policy and Urban Planning from Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government, and lives in Bethesda, MD with his wife Alice and two children, Galen and Clea Rose.

#FOREWORD FRIDAY: What's It Going to Take?

Before he announced his candidacy for president, Jay Inslee was an Island Press author dedicated to igniting America's clean energy economy.

Before Washington Governor Jay Inslee announced his decision to run for President, he and co-author Bracken Hendricks sought to unite our nation by rekindling a sense of common cause around America's clean energy economy. America’s energy and environmental problems will not be solved simply through a light bulb push at Wal-Mart or Live Earth concerts, it will take a dramatic and fundamental economic shift. In Apollo’s Fire, Inslee and Hendricks join their experience, expertise, and passion for a clean energy future to lay out the path to stop global warming and gain energy independence. The book includes a foreword by then-President Bill Clinton echoing the authors’ belief that such a shift offers tremendous economic growth potential for America.

Inslee and Hendricks make the point that a clean energy revolution is not simply needed to address our growing environmental problems and achieve energy independence, it aksi holds the potential to create a new era of economic expansion, good jobs, and strong communities. A clean energy transformation will yield rich rewards, but that America needs a new vision, one that is rooted in innovation and an entrepreneurial spirit.

Check out the Chapter 9 “What's It Going to Take?” below, or download the PDF here