Bracken Hendricks


Bracken Hendricks is a Fellow with the Roosevelt Institute where he is helping to launch the Climate and Economic Transformation initiative. Trained as an urban planner, Hendricks has deep expertise working at the interface of clean energy markets and climate solutions, economic and community development, job creation and labor policy, affordable housing, and deployment of resilient urban infrastructure. Hendricks is a co-founder of Evergreen Action and served as Senior Climate and Economic Policy Advisor to the presidential campaign of Washington State Governor Jay Inslee. Together with Inslee, he is co-author of the book, “Apollo’s Fire: Igniting America’s Clean Energy Economy” (Island Press, 2008).

Previously, he served as a Senior Fellow with the Center for American Progress, where he helped launch their energy practice and was a key architect of clean energy portions of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act as well as establishing the US Department of Energy’s Better Buildings Challenge, and numerous other pieces of federal, state and local climate and clean energy legislation. He has been a member of the utility industry’s Electric Policy Research Institute (EPRI) advisory board, and served as a long-time advisor to former President Bill Clinton and the Clinton Global Initiative on job creation, energy innovation, and resilient urban development. Early in his career, he was founding Executive Director of the Apollo Alliance (now within the Blue Green Alliance), a pioneering alliance of labor unions and environmental organizations advancing good jobs and energy innovation.

As CEO and co-founder of the mission-driven enterprise Urban Ingenuity, Hendricks has structured over $100 million in clean energy project finance, funding community solar projects for affordable housing, energy efficiency retrofits of non-profit institutions, resilient microgrids for educational institutions, and other clean energy community development projects. In this role, he has advised on development of state and local Green Banks, supported local governments in innovative utility regulation, and he oversees one of the nation’s leading Commercial Property Assessed Clean Energy (C-PACE) financing programs – a $250 million bonding authority, for the government of the District of Columbia. He holds a Master’s degree in public policy and urban planning from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government, and resides in Washington DC and New York City.