About Us

About Us

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The Clean Vehicle Assistance Program was launched in 2018 through a partnership between Beneficial State Foundation and the California Air Resources Board, funded by California Climate Investments (CCI). Our goal is to make environmentally-friendly vehicles accessible and affordable to all.

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Beneficial State Foundation

Beneficial State Foundation is a team of equity champions who are passionate about advancing financial justice and impactful systemic change. As a bank owner, investor, and practitioner, we bridge the work of grassroots organizations, policy makers, professional associations, and the banking industry to further triple-bottom-line banking. As both a nonprofit shareholder of Beneficial State Bank and an advocacy organization, we are able to evaluate the social and environmental impact of the bank while engaging in policy advocacy for systemic change.  Under this unique model, when profits are distributed from Beneficial State Bank to Beneficial State Foundation, our foundation reinvests those profits back into local communities.

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California Air Resources Board

The Clean Vehicle Assistance Program is funded by California Climate Investments, a statewide initiative that puts billions of Cap-and-Trade dollars to work reducing greenhouse gas emissions, strengthening the economy and improving public health and the environment—particularly in disadvantaged communities.

Program Partnerships

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Beneficial State Bank

Beneficial State Bank is our fair and transparent lending partner. Their goal is to help build social and environmental prosperity by providing fair and transparent loans and financial services to individuals, businesses and nonprofits. They help applicants from the Clean Vehicle Assistance Program, Tune in Tune Up, Replace Your Ride, or the Clean Vehicle Rebate Program,secure fair and transparent loans for their clean vehicle purchases.

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California Air Resources Board (CARB)

The California Air Resources Board (CARB) promotes and protects public health, welfare and ecological resources through the effective and efficient reduction of air pollutants. They aim to protect the public from the harmful effects of air pollution and develop programs that fight climate change. From requirements for clean cars and fuels to adopting innovative solutions to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, they’ve helped pioneer solutions and set standards for effective air and climate programs nationally and internationally.

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Center for Sustainable Energy

As a mission-driven nonprofit organization, the Center for Sustainable Energy works with policymakers, regulators, public agencies and businesses as an expert implementation partner and trusted information resource.

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GRID Alternatives

GRID Alternatives' vision is a successful transition to clean, renewable energy that includes everyone. Their mission is to make renewable energy technology and job training accessible to underserved communities.

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The Program Team

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Adolfo Lemus

Adolfo Lemus

Program Associate

Growing up, he saw the disproportionate burdens in the quality of life between high and low-status neighborhoods. This motivated him to pursue a sociology degree...

Ana Munoz

Ana Munoz

Program Associate

Bringing more than ten years of customer service experience, Ana is passionate about serving her community and helping build a healthier environment.

Annie Claybaugh

Annie Claybaugh

VP, Director of Finance and Operations

In college, Annie developed a passion for exploring the foundations of community and economic development which led her to Beneficial State Foundation in 2014.

Benjamin Guzman

Benjamin Guzman

Program Associate

Benjamin’s parents raised him to always follow the Golden Rule, “treat others the way you would want to be treated”.

Claire Halverson

Claire Halverson

Program Associate, Dealership Lead

As the Dealerships Lead she provides additional and specialized support to dealers. She is passionate about providing financial literacy to help end generational cycles of financial misinformation.

Elsie Howard

Elsie Howard

Program Associate

With a long history of working in finance, Elsie is passionate about consumer rights and equitable banking.She is proud to be a part of a team that’s dedicated to furthering the vision of a banking industry that is fair to those with the least bargaining power.

Flor Lorenzo

Flor Lorenzo

Policy & Communications Associate

She feels strong about recognizing that everyone deserves access to the same opportunities and enjoys learning and talking about building political and economic power for low-income communities and communities of color.

German Prado

German Prado

Program Associate, Income Verification Lead

German takes on the lead role in income verification to create and implement equitable income verification policies to ensure fair access to the traditionally undeserved communities.

Jessica Saechao

Jessica Saechao

Program Associate, Lead Trainer

She is fluent in the Spanish language and is a great communicator when it comes to new faces. She has worked with the Modesto community for 7 years.

Jessica Tavarez

Jessica Tavarez

Program Associate

Born and raised in the Central Valley, she is the daughter of farm laborers who started their own business and showed her the values of hard work, dedication and giving back to the community she came from.

Joe Jackson

Joe Jackson

Data and Impact Manager

With more than 10 years of equity-focused work experience and a life-long commitment to social justice, Joe uses an intersectional lens to examine and address current social issues.

Virgil Looney

Virgil Looney

Deputy Director

Virgil leads Beneficial State Foundation’s Clean Vehicle Assistance Program team in developing and implementing the long-term vision of the program, guiding with a strong framework of operationalizing equity.

Leonardo Gonzalez

Leonardo Gonzalez

Program Associate

He brings more than a decade of banking experience to his current role as a Program Associate for our Clean Vehicle Assistance Program.

Priscila Villanueva-Vasquez

Priscila Villanueva-Vasquez

Program Associate

She moved to the US when she was nine and has lived in the Central San Joaquin Valley for more than 20 years.

Kendra Staub

Kendra Staub

Program Associate

She is a first-generation college graduate from Fresno State with a degree in Sociology and a minor in Philanthropic & Community-Based Leadership.

Tiffany Kincaid

Tiffany Kincaid

Program Associate

She is passionate about working with underserved communities, locally and around the world, and has a deep passion for environmental conservation and helping improve our planet’s well-being.

Jhana Valentine

Jhana Valentine

Program Director

Jhana Valentine is passionate about community-centered solutions that foster social justice, environmental sustainability, and shared prosperity.

Rodrigo Sandoval

Rodrigo Sandoval

Operations Director

With a degree in business organization, he spent most of his early career in finance and health care.

Mildred Gutierrez

Mildred Gutierrez

Operations Manager

Before joining Beneficial State Foundation, she spent 15 years in the banking industry and understands the important role banking has on everyday lives.

Adrian Gomez

Adrian Gomez

Community Engagement Manager

Adrian has dedicated his life, career, and education to work for those who are underserved.

Michelle Barron

Michelle Barron

Program Associate

Her involvement in the community peaked her interest to learn more about non-profit management and social and environmental justice.

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