Transition in Bullitt Foundation Staff Team
Continuity of Commitment to Grantees and Issues After 12 years with the Bullitt Foundation, Amy Solomon will be stepping down from her position in May. In anticipation of her departure, the Foundation has hired Rashad Morris as the new Energy, Industry and Technology program officer. He starts in March to allow overlap with Solomon.
After 12 years with the Bullitt Foundation, Amy Solomon will be stepping down from her position in May. In anticipation of her departure, the Foundation has hired Rashad Morris as the new Energy, Industry and Technology program officer. He starts in March to allow overlap with Solomon.
Morris brings a strong background in energy and climate policy to the Bullitt Foundation. As the principal staff member on Climate and Energy for the Washington Environmental Council, he was responsible for protecting I-937 (the renewable energy portfolio standard), WEC’s involvement in the Coal-Free Future for Washington campaign (the successful effort to phase out the Centralia coal-fired power plant), and the Washington State Emissions Performance Standard.
Morris currently serves as a legislative assistant to Seattle City Councilmember Mike O’Brien. He is the volunteer co-director of Environmental Professionals of Color in Seattle and currently serves on the board of the Washington Environmental Council. He is deeply committed to integrating social justice with environmental sustainability.
Morris earned his law degree from Boalt Hall at the University of California at Berkeley and his bachelor’s degree in business administration from Loyola Marymount.
Solomon plans to reopen her consulting practice to work on a mix of projects, some with the Foundation. She will continue to co-chair the Consultative Group on Biological Diversity’s Climate and Energy Funders Group Steering Committee.
Of the transition, Denis Hayes, CEO of the Bullitt Foundation said, “Amy has been an exceptional asset to the organization, developing her program, networking tirelessly with grantees throughout the region and helping create in our grantee base a greater sensitivity to racial and economic disparities. She is also a good, loyal friend.”
He added, “At the same time, I’m delighted that we have successfully recruited Rashad Morris, an exceptional talent, as the Foundation’s new program officer for Energy, Industry, and Technology.”
In 2013, the Northwest Energy Coalition selected Morris as one of its “Four Under Forty” — four exceptional people drawn from the three northwest states who had demonstrated that they are destined to become “influential leaders for clean and affordable energy in the region."
The Bullitt Foundation is a grantmaking organization focused on creating sustainable cities in the Pacific Northwest and southern British Columbia. Program areas include ecosystem services, energy, industry and technology, and urban ecology. The Foundation developed the Bullitt Center, which is recognized as the greenest commercial building in the world.