ELEMENTAL POLICY FELLOWS

About Elemental Excelerator

Elemental Excelerator is on a mission to redesign the systems at the root of climate change. In 2009, we launched a new non-profit model for funding climate tech deployment; since then, Elemental has invested in over 100 growth-stage companies and celebrated more than a dozen exits, funded more than 70 technology projects, and built a platform for scaling equitable, market-driven solutions to climate change. Breaking down barriers to innovation alongside entrepreneurs provides us unique insight into the policy, market, and technology innovation needed to build systems to uplift people and communities around the world. 

At Elemental, we blend a growth mindset with the diverse backgrounds and roots of our team, cultivating a dynamic culture where everyone’s contributions are valued and encouraged.

Help Us Design and Accelerate Policy Solutions to Climate Change

In April 2021, Elemental launched our new 5-year strategy, setting a plan to grow from an accelerator for climate tech into a broader platform to advance climate action and social equity. This work is built on three key pillars: (1) investing in startup success; (2) partnering deeply; and (3) inspiring action. 

2021 presents a window of opportunity, with alignment at all levels for climate action. Tackling climate change and advancing racial equity are two of the top national policy priorities, which align exactly with our work. Policymakers are hungry to see what’s working on the ground and are ready to make big strides on infrastructure, agriculture, transportation, technology, and finance. 

How can we help unlock this? 

We are launching a policy innovation lab for results-focused policy solutions that meet the moment of opportunity we face. To kick off the policy innovation lab, we are identifying a handful of extraordinary individuals — policymakers, community activists, and entrepreneurs — who are close to technology as well as politics and power mapping. We will lift up these entrepreneurial policy influencers with a platform and resources to translate technology and community insights into policies. We will go after specific, measurable, and systemic policy wins. This will look like: 

  • Building a collective of policy entrepreneurs to translate proof points into policies and solutions at scale 
  • Elevating voices from the startup community in policy decision making
  • Partnering to implement model policies and support replicability at the state and local levels
  • Collaborating on the design of national research programs and federal regulations 
  • Supporting emerging and diverse talent in the public sector 

Join Our Inaugural Class of Policy Fellows

Elemental is seeking driven and passionate policy practitioners to join the policy innovation lab in our inaugural class of policy fellows. We are looking for change-makers who see an opening for policy innovation and are ambitious enough to do something about it. As a policy fellow, you will have a platform and resources to translate technology and community insights into impactful plans for policymakers to scale. Fellows may come from myriad backgrounds and lived-experiences: ranging from civil servants to elected officials, entrepreneurs, journalists, and corporate policy executives. Ideal fellows are at their mid- to career-prime and will have had experience working on the ground on climate and/or social equity issues they can translate into real findings. The ability to optimally manage your time and identify policy opportunities will be key. Fellows will be expected to identify, develop and refine a specific, implementable proposal, policy idea, or solution.

Our inaugural class of fellows will also have a unique opportunity to provide feedback on and help shape the future of the fellowship and the policy innovation lab. We encourage fellows to apply with a focus on the following three areas:

  • Green infrastructure
  • Future of mobility
  • Regenerative agriculture

Fellowship Details

  • 6-24 months (flexible depending on projects; could be full- or part-time)
  • Stipend to cover your research and writing.
  • Access to Elemental’s ecosystem of partners and portfolio companies. 
  • Virtual, with potential for in-person convenings and meetings. 


Please submit a resume and 1-page proposal on the idea you would like to work on online through elementalexcelerator.com/jobs.

Equal Employment Opportunity Employer. We will accept and review applications on a rolling basis. Although all applications will be considered, we may be unable to respond to all inquiries.

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