Donnel Baird

BlocPower

Poverty Alleviation Economic Development

Hybrid

USA

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Donnel Baird 2012 Black Male Achievement Fellow

Bold Idea 

Create jobs for black men and reduce costs for community organizations by leveraging community-led solar and weatherization retrofits for churches and nonprofits.

 
Organization 
BlocPower aggregates groups of consumers--like Groupon--to negotiate energy savings, pricing discounts, and community hiring quotas with renewable and energy efficiency firms.
 
Biography 

Donnel Baird spent three years as a community organizer in Brooklyn and one year as a voter contact director for Obama For America. Donnel managed a national Change to Win/LIUNA campaign to leverage Dept. of Energy energy efficiency financing to create green construction jobs for out of work populations. He partnered with the Washington Interfaith Network to generate a $100m government investment in underserved communities in the District of Columbia.