Rafael Reyes is a leader in clean energy and climate solutions on local and national levels. As Executive Director of the Bay Area Climate Collaborative, Rafael leads strategy and execution for the initiative whose programs have committed 54 million lbs in avoided CO2 over 10 years. BACC successes include the two largest EV deployments in the country and catalyzing over 70,000 streetlight upgrades to LEDs.
Rafael is the Chair of the Sustainability Commission at the City of San Mateo, serves on the Prospect Silicon Valley Transportation Program Advisory Board and co-facilitator of the Bay Area EV Strategic Council. He was a former member of the Sierra Club’s national Board of Directors and Sustainable San Mateo County as well as one of three invited Bay Area speakers for the Nissan Leaf Worldwide launch press conference. Previously Rafael was Program Manager at ecoAmerica where he led large scale partnership projects to engage mainstream Americans on the benefits of environmental progress. This work included leading the development of the Sustainable Education and Economic Development Center, a program with the American Association of Community Colleges reaching 1.5 million students to educate the 21st century workforce. With the Sierra Club, Rafael led numerous grassroots and national initiatives, including spearheading the grassroots clean energy Cool Cities program and other award-winning organizing efforts.
Locally, Rafael led the peninsula's Cool Cities initiative started in 2007, successfully moving over 20 municipalities on the peninsula and south bay to initiate clean energy solutions. He sat on the City of San Mateo’s Sustainability Advisory Committee which developed the city’s climate action plan leading to the recent adoption of a region-leading green building ordinance and other actions. Due in part to these efforts, over a dozen municipalities in San Mateo and Santa Clara counties now have green building standards.
His career includes 15 years in high-tech project management, systems architecture design and business consulting most recently with Hewlett-Packard. Rafael was born in Peru, is fluent in Spanish, and has a Masters degree in Anthropology from UC Berkeley and a dual computer science/anthropology undergraduate degree with honors from UC Santa Cruz.