Nicole Hernandez Hammer, Project Director
Nicole Hernandez Hammer is a Project Director for the Clean Energy States Alliance, where she works on low and moderate income solar. Prior to this role, Nicole participated in CESA’s DOE Solar Energy Strategies grant as a consultant to the Rhode Island Office of Energy Resources, working primarily with community groups in the state. She is a well-known climate change expert, sea-level researcher, and environmental justice advocate. A Guatemalan immigrant, she has worked to address the disproportionate impacts of climate change on under-resourced communities across the US. She served as the climate science and community advocate at the Union of Concerned Scientists, as the Florida field manager for Moms Clean Air Force, and as an environmental blogger for Latina Lista. Before that, she was the assistant director of the Florida Center for Environmental Studies at Florida Atlantic University, and coordinated the Florida Climate Institute’s state university consortium. She co-authored a series of technical papers on sea level rise projections, impacts, and preparedness. Her activism and initiative on climate change earned her an invitation from First Lady Michelle Obama, to be her special guest at the 2015 State of the Union address.