About Us

Accessible and Affordable to All

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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.

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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.

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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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Jhana Valentine

Jhana Valentine

Program Director

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...

Annie Claybaugh

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...

Rodrigo Sandoval

Rodrigo Sandoval

Operations Manager

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...

Mildred Gutierrez

Mildred Gutierrez

Program Associate

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...

Michelle Barron

Michelle Barron

Program Associate

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...

Adrian Gomez

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...

Jessica Madrigal

Jessica Madrigal

Program Associate

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.

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