Named a New York Times Top 10 Californian of 2016, Nicole Capretz is an environmental attorney with 20 years of experience as an energy and climate policy advisor for local governments and the nonprofit sector. Nicole was the primary author of the City of San Diego’s groundbreaking, legally binding 100% clean energy Climate Action Plan adopted in late 2015. She now serves on the San Diego’s Climate Action Plan Implementation Working Group, as well as the City of Solana Beach’s Climate Action Commission.
Nicole advocates for local and state renewable energy legislation, participates in state administrative proceedings, serves as an expert witness in state policy hearings and is a regular speaker at energy and climate conferences and hearings. Nicole’s duties as Executive Director of CAC include overall strategic and operational responsibility for the organization’s staff, programs, expansion and execution of its mission.
Previously, Nicole served as the Chair of San Diego’s Economic and Environmental Sustainability Task Force for three years while being the Associate Director for Green Energy/Green Jobs at Environmental Health Coalition, an environmental justice organization in National City, California. She has also worked as a policy advisor for the San Diego City Council.
Nicole’s work on San Diego’s Climate Action Plan earned her numerous accolades:
New York Times Top 10 Californians of the Year (2016)
“Voice of the Year” - Voice of San Diego (2016)
“Voice of the Year” - Voice of San Diego (2015)
“Best People of San Diego” - San Diego CityBeat (2016)
“Bike Advocate of the Year” - San Diego County Bike Coalition (2016)
“Leadership Award” - San Diego County Democratic Party (2016)
Finalist for San Diego Magazine’s 2016 San Diego Woman of the Year (2016)
Finalist for San Diego Business Journal’s 2016 “Women Who Mean Business” Awards(2016)
Newsmaker of the Year - East County Magazine (2015)
Sierra Club San Diego “FEAT Award” (2015)
First San Diego County Democrats for Environmental Action “Making a Difference Award (2015)
Nicole earned her Bachelor of Arts in Law and Society from UC Santa Barbara and her law degree from Vermont Law School. She commutes to work on her bike, loves live music and dreams of seeing more solar panels than transmission lines and more bike racks than parking lots.Nicole Capretz