The People's Utility Commons was operated by isaac sevier and Maria Stamas between 2021 and 2023.
isaac sevier is an energy engineer and policy advocate with extensive experience with policy and investment that addresses interlocking issues of race, class, and climate vulnerability in California, nationwide, and at the federal level. To address the need for movement infrastructure that changes the shape of policy and politics, isaac supports collective action, and they have worked on the design and launch of the Equitable Building Electrification Fund, the California Green New Deal coalition, and the Red, Black & Green New Deal initiative. They live on unceded Ramaytush Ohlone land in San Francisco.
Maria Stamas is an energy justice attorney and strategist dedicated to advancing a just transition toward a regenerative economy. She has spent the last decade as a lawyer and program director advocating before local governments, agencies, and legislatures in California, and across the country, for climate and energy solutions that simultaneously promote economic, health, and racial justice. Maria’s work in California together with the California Energy Efficiency for All coalition led to securing ~$250 million in new funds for affordable housing energy upgrade programs. Maria holds a law degree and master’s in Energy & Resources from UC Berkeley. She lives on unceded Chochenyo Ohlone land in Oakland, California.