Our Mission

To build a community of next generation leaders to advance innovative clean energy solutions.

The Clean Energy Leadership Institute (CELI) is a 501(c)(3) leadership development organization working in Washington D.C. and the San Francisco Bay Area. CELI provides early career professionals with the technical content, leadership development, and a professional community to build the next generation of clean energy leaders.

CELI believes that our clean energy future must be powered by diverse, effective, and innovative leaders. We recruit Fellows with diverse backgrounds and equips them with a strong working knowledge of energy markets, project finance, technology innovation and public policy, realized through the Clean Energy Leaders Fellowship program.

Our History

CELI was started three years ago with the conviction that solving complex global energy and climate challenges requires a workforce that is powered by diverse and effective leaders.

Climate change is an existential threat to humanity, and our generation will be on the front lines for some of the worst consequences. Technological innovation, financial creativity, and increasing public engagement present a unique window for solving complex global energy and climate challenges. But we need young professionals entering the workforce equipped with new tools and expertise to capitalize on these trends and lead the transition to a global clean energy economy.

Since 2013, CELI has trained nearly 200 young professionals in Washington, D.C. In early 2017, CELI will expand to the San Francisco Bay Area.

Click here to learn more about what it means to join our community as a CELI Fellow.


No longer can organizations like CELI be viewed as afterthoughts for the burgeoning community of young energy professionals; a successful clean energy future is predicated on this community’s ability to connect over a common knowledge base and shared commitment to a cause. CELI’s educational, professional, and social opportunities have allowed me to identify more strongly with the relevant issues and the exceptional individuals that are part of the solutions.
Talia Fox

Spring 2015 Fellow

CELI is an incredible program; not only is the content and caliber of the lectures excellent, you’re exposed to leading thinkers in the field, and have the opportunity to make strong connections with an exceptional group of young professionals.
Gwen Brown

Spring 2014 Fellow

CELI is the single best networking affiliation for a young professional pursuing Clean Energy in the DC area. The 14 week class is incredible with diverse speakers and lively discussions, but the ongoing conversations and access to knowledge within the ever-expanding alumni and expert network is an incredible asset.
Barrett LaChance

Fall 2014 Fellow