The Clean Energy Leadership Institute (CELI) is a professional development organization based in Washington, DC and San Francisco, CA. CELI’s mission is to empower and connect diverse young professionals seeking leadership roles in the clean energy field.  CELI’s Fellowship Program provides early-career professionals with interdisciplinary educational training, leadership development, and a supportive professional community.


CELI was started in Washington D.C. in 2013 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 400 young professionals across government, nonprofit, and private sector organizations. In March 2017, CELI expanded its operations to the San Francisco Bay Area.