The best ideas come from the American people. Everyone has a story to tell, everyone has a part to play.

All across the country, ordinary Americans are doing extraordinary things in their communities to out-innovate, out-educate, and out-build the rest of the world. Every week, we will invite these Champions of Change to the White House to share their ideas to win the future.

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Solar Deployment

The White House honors nine local heroes who are Champions of Change for their efforts to promote and expand solar deployment in the residential, commercial, and industrial sectors.


Jessica Bailey joined Connecticut’s “green bank,” the Clean Energy Finance and Investment Authority, as the Director of Commercial and Industrial Property Assessed Clean Energy (C-PACE) in August...

Kate Bowman is the Solar Project Coordinator for Utah Clean Energy (UCE), a non-profit, non-partisan organization in Salt Lake City, Utah. In her role at UCE, Kate coordinates Community Solar...

Elyse Cherry is Chief Executive Officer of Boston Community Capital, a leading community development financial institution that pursues bold, innovative solutions for defeating poverty. Under her...

Ismael Guerrero has served as the Executive Director of the Housing Authority of the City and County of Denver (DHA) since June 2007. Under Ismael’s leadership, DHA has undertaken an ambitious...

Peter Marte is the founder and CEO of Hannah Solar—located in the heart of Atlanta—and has worked diligently over the last six years throughout the state of Georgia to develop a solar market where...

Henry Red Cloud is the Founder and Sole Proprietor of Lakota Solar Enterprises (LSE) on Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota. One of the first 100% Native American-owned and operated renewable...

Anya Schoolman is the Executive Director of Community Power Network, a national nonprofit that helps communities build and promote local renewable energy projects and policies. Ms. Schoolman...

Tim Sears, P.E., is the co-founder of GRID Alternatives, the country's largest nonprofit solar installer. Along with his co-founder Erica Mackie, Mr. Sears has developed and scaled a powerful...

Rajendra Singh, PhD serves as D. Houser Banks Professor in the Holcombe Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the Clemson University in Clemson, South Carolina. Starting as a...

Champions Blog Posts

  • White House Champions of Change for the Future of American Agriculture

    Today, we’re asking you to help us identify these standout local leaders by nominating a Champion of Change for the New Generation of American Agriculture by noon on Friday, April 18th.

  • Gun Violence Prevention Champions of Change: #ActForOurKids

    Last Thursday, parents, youth, advocates and community and national leaders came together from across the country at the White House to honor nine Champions of Change who have dedicated their lives to innovative approaches to reduce gun violence and make our communities safer.

  • Grassroots Collaboration Overcomes Gun Violence

    Teresa A. Crawford, BA and RN, is retired from a career in health care that spanned more than forty years of service in diverse settings, including a refugee camp in southeast Asia, a rural hospital, an urban trauma center and many critical care units. Currently, Ms. Crawford is the Organizing for Action Nevada State Lead for Gun Violence Prevention and sits on the board of ProgressNow Nevada with special emphasis on organizing in support of legislation that addresses gun violence and media outreach on the toll of gun violence in Nevada and nationally.

  • Young Americans Building Bridges to Eradicate Gun Violence

    Sarah Clements founded and serves as Chairwoman for the Jr. Newtown Action Alliance (Jr. NAA). She is a senior at Newtown High School in Newtown, CT. On December 14, 2012 her mother survived the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School. After the shooting, Sarah began using gun violence prevention advocacy to transform her painful experience into positive action. Jr. NAA is the student branch of the Newtown Action Alliance, and the group focuses on educating, empowering, and collaborating with other Millennials to address gun violence in every type of community, through legislative action, cultural change, and bridge building.