Accessible and Affordable to All
The Clean Vehicle Assistance Program is a pilot grant program for helping lower-income California residents purchase a new or used hybrid or electric vehicle. A partnership between Beneficial State Foundation and California Climate Investments (CCI) , our goal is to make environmentally friendly vehicles accessible and affordable to all.
Beneficial State Foundation
Beneficial State Foundation is a unique foundation supporting the transition to an inclusive banking system that will help to build a better economy that is fully inclusive, racially- and gender-just, and environmentally regenerative. We own the majority of the economic rights to Beneficial State Bank. This ownership model legally ensures that the bank’s decision-making is aligned with its vision– when the bank distributes profits, they can only be distributed in the communities we serve to support community programs instead of making a few individuals wealthier. We help ensure that the bank meets its goals of generating prosperity for people and the planet, and avoids extractive practices while being financially sound.
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.
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.Visit Site
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.Visit Site
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.Visit Site
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.Visit Site
The Program Team
Jhana Valentine is passionate about community-centered solutions that foster social justice, environmental sustainability, and shared prosperity. She began her career helping small businesses become...More about Jhana Valentine
Jhana Valentine is passionate about community-centered solutions that foster social justice, environmental sustainability, and shared prosperity. She began her career helping small businesses become more socially and environmentally focused through the process of completing the B Corp Assessment and becoming a Certified Benefit Corporation. Jhana joined Beneficial State Foundation in 2016 as part of the Fellowship Program and then moved into the role of Social & Environmental Impact Associate, where she helped develop consumer loan impact metrics and led the grant-writing process that won Beneficial State Foundation the grant to administer the statewide Clean Vehicle Assistance Program. In the role of Program Director, Jhana channels her creativity and analytical thinking to organize and ground the team in people-centered service that supports environmental justice for California communities. In her free time, Jhana enjoys spending time with friends and family outdoors and around the kitchen firstname.lastname@example.org
Director of Operations
Born and raised in Northern California, Annie Claybaugh enjoys volunteering, learning, food, and stewarding the environment around her. In college, Annie developed a passion for exploring...More about Annie Claybaugh
Director of Operations
Born and raised in Northern California, Annie Claybaugh enjoys volunteering, learning, food, and stewarding the environment around her. In college, Annie developed a passion for exploring the foundations of community and economic development which led her to Beneficial State Foundation in 2014. In her current role as Director of Operations, Annie manages the Foundation’s sponsorship program, governmental and regulatory compliance, sustainability initiatives, and, most recently, the administration of the Clean Vehicle Assistance Program.Prior to joining Beneficial State Foundation, Annie interned with Kiva Microfunds and spent one month in northern India as both a marketing volunteer with women entrepreneurs and a volunteer school teacher.Annie currently serves on the board of GirlVentures, an organization that empowers girls to develop and express their strengths through outdoor adventure programs, and volunteers with the San Francisco chapter of the Impact Travel Alliance. Annie received her B.A. in International Relations with an emphasis in South Asian economic development from San Francisco State University.email@example.com
Rodrigo Sandoval is a born and raised Central Valley resident and a recent MBA graduate from Fresno Pacific University. With a degree in business organization...More about Rodrigo Sandoval
Rodrigo Sandoval is a born and raised Central Valley resident and a recent MBA graduate from Fresno Pacific University. With a degree in business organization, he spent most of his early career in finance and health care. Before joining the Beneficial State Foundation team, Rodrigo was the IT consultant for Kaiser Permanente, in charge of covering most of the central valley.Rodrigo comes from a family background of farm laborers and has a passion for community development and social equality. He is also passionate about art, fishing, technology and of course his firstname.lastname@example.org
Born and raised in the Central Valley, Millie enjoys cooking, art museums, rock concerts, and spending time outdoors. Before joining Beneficial State Foundation, she spent 15 years...More about Mildred Gutierrez
Born and raised in the Central Valley, Millie enjoys cooking, art museums, rock concerts, and spending time outdoors. Before joining Beneficial State Foundation, she spent 15 years in the banking industry and understands the important role banking has on everyday lives. As the daughter of a farm laborer, Millie has learned through her Father the values of empathy, hard work, and perseverance. As a Program Associate for Beneficial State Foundation, she is excited to assist customers obtain a grant funded by the California Air Resource Board (CARB) and coordinating with Beneficial State Bank representatives to support the customers through the process of securing a low interest rate loan and purchasing a qualifying clean air vehicle. Millie is happy to be part of a great team with like-minded individuals who strongly believe in community development and environmental email@example.com
Born and raised in the small town of Selma, CA, Michelle is excited to bring her passion for helping the community and the environment to her role as a Program Associate...More about Michelle Barron
Born and raised in the small town of Selma, CA, Michelle is excited to bring her passion for helping the community and the environment to her role as a Program Associate for our Clean Vehicle Financing Assistance Pilot Program. Michelle graduated from the University of California, Santa Cruz with a bachelor’s degree in sociology. Her involvement in the community peaked her interest to learn more about non-profit management and social and environmental justice. Following undergrad, Michelle has completed two terms as an AmeriCorps VISTA and Climatecorps Fellow.In her free time, you can find Michelle whipping up some delicious plant-based recipes, road tripping, or training for her next half firstname.lastname@example.org
Community Engagement Manager
Adrian Gomez was born in Fresno, CA and raised in the small agricultural community of Mendota, CA. While growing up, Adrian experienced the struggles that many agricultural...More about Adrian Gomez
Community Engagement Manager
Adrian Gomez was born in Fresno, CA and raised in the small agricultural community of Mendota, CA. While growing up, Adrian experienced the struggles that many agricultural families face in the Central Valley. It was this that led Adrian to pursue his college education. In 2015, he graduated from Fresno State with a Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology and a Humanics Certificate in Administration and Leadership for Community Benefit Organizations.Adrian has dedicated his life, career, and education to work for those who are underserved. He has worked with several organizations throughout the Central Valley in a multitude of capacities. Some of the organizations Adrian has worked with include the Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Fresno, the Fresno Community Food Bank, GRID Alternatives and Habitat for Humanity of Westside Merced County. With his educational background, work experience, and passion for the community, Adrian hopes to connect with others in order to bring about change for residents of the Central Valley. Adrian is particularly interested in social justice, social equity, education reform, immigration reform, and environmental justice. In his spare time, Adrian likes to spend time with his family and friends. He also likes to spend some of his free time watching movies, traveling, and writing music.
Jessica Madrigal was born and raised in Modesto, CA. She is fluent in the Spanish language and is a great communicator when it comes to new faces.More about Jessica Madrigal
Jessica Madrigal was born and raised in Modesto, CA. 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. Prior to joining Beneficial State Foundation, she worked with foreign exchange students at Modesto Junior College to help them meet peers in the community, and helped coordinate arts and craft activities for families with United Cerebral Palsy (UCP). Jessica is excited to continue serving her community as a Program Associate for Beneficial State’s Clean Vehicle Assistance Program.
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