Climate Jobs Advisory Council

Board and Commission Details

Meeting Information

The Climate Jobs Institute's Executive Director shall serve as Chairperson of the Council, and the Council shall meet at the call of the Executive Director.

Contact Name

Aaron McEvoy

Contact E-Mail

Aaron.McEvoy@Illinois.gov

Function

(1) Evaluate how workforce opportunities in the clean-energy industry can provide just transitions for displaced energy workers in the State. (2) Identify opportunities to maximize job creation and workforce development in the State's clean-energy industry, being particularly mindful of the job creation and workforce development in historically underrepresented populations and environmental justice communities. (3) Recommend policies that will create high-quality family and community-sustaining jobs in the clean-energy economy. (4) Develop strategies to address current and future supply chain vulnerabilities and challenges in the clean-energy manufacturing industry. (5) Identify how to expand access to high-quality clean-energy jobs for environmental justice communities and other frontline communities that have faced historical inequities. (6) Assess the types of support that local governments will need to help communities develop their own community energy, climate, and job plans. (7) Evaluate initiatives, including the Public Schools Carbon-Free Assessment programs, to retrofit schools for energy efficiencies to create a safe, healthy, cost-effective school environment, while contributing to an environmentally sustainable State.

Term

Members appointed to the Council shall serve 2 year terms and may be reapointed. If a seat becomes vacant in the middle of a term, the Governor shall appoint a replacement, who shall serve for the remainder of that term.

Senate Confirmation

No

Party Affiliation

Statute

Qualifications

Shall consist of stakeholders in the clean-energy economy.

Compensation

Members of the Council shall serve without compensation.

Composition

(1) Four members representing statewide labor organizations, Appointed by the Governor. (2) Three Members representing environmental advocacy organizations, appointed by the Governor. (3) Three members representing the renewable energy industry, appointed by the Governor. (4) Two members from University of Illinois School of Labor and Employment Relations faculty, appointed by the Chancellor in consultation with the Dean of the School of Labor Employment Relations. (5) Two members appointed by the President of the Senate, who may or may not be elected officials. (6) Two members appointed by the Speaker of the House of Representatives, who may or may not be elected officials. (7) One member appointed by the Minority Leader of the Senate, who may or may not be an elected official. (8) One member appointed by the Minority Leader of the House of Representatives, who may or may not be an elected official. (9) One member of the Illinois Senate Latino Caucus, appointed by the President of the Senate. (10) One member of the Illinois Senate Black Caucus, appointed by the President of the Senate. (11) One member of the Illinois House Latino Caucus, appointed by the Speaker of the House of Representatives

Chair

The Climate Jobs Institute's Executive Director shall serve as Chairperson of the Council.

Authority

PA 102-699 (110 ILCS 305/165)


Member Names

Name Member Expiration Member Since Affiliation Appointed By Position Title County
Delgado, Rep. Dina 07/15/2024 07/15/2022 Speaker of the House Member Illinois House Latino Caucus
Evans, Jr., Rep. Marcus 07/15/2024 07/15/2022 Speaker of the House Member Illinois House Black Caucus
Gabel, Rep. Robyn 07/15/2024 07/15/2022 Speaker of the House Member
Zhang, Yiran 11/27/2025 11/27/2023 Governor Member Representing Statewide Labor Organizations Cook
VACANT Governor Member Representing Environmental Advocacy Organizations
Ador, Senyo 05/17/2026 05/17/2024 Governor Member Representing Renewable Energy Industry Cook
VACANT Governor Member Representing Statewide Labor Organizations
Hattier, Robert 03/22/2026 03/22/2024 Governor Member Representing Statewide Labor Organizations Cook
VACANT Governor Member Representing Statewide Labor Organizations
Drury, Clint 05/03/2026 05/03/2024 Governor Member Representing Renewable Energy Industry Peoria
VACANT Governor Member Representing Renewable Energy Industry
Hanessian, Samira 12/18/2025 12/18/2023 Governor Member Representing Environmental Advocacy Organizations
Taylor, Stephanie 04/26/2026 04/26/2024 Governor Member Representing Environmental Advocacy Organizations St. Clair
VACANT Chancellor & the Dean of the School of Labor and Employment Relations Member
VACANT Chancellor & the Dean of the School of Labor and Employment Relations Member
VACANT President of the Senate Member
VACANT President of the Senate Member Senate Black Caucus
Bailey, Charles Totsie 07/15/2022 Speaker of the House Member
Villanueva, Sen. Celina 01/08/2025 09/18/2023 President of the Senate Member Senate Latino Caucus
VACANT Minority Leader of the House of Representatives Member
Denzler, Mark 09/19/2022 Minority Leader of the Senate Member
VACANT President of the Senate Member