Brett Thomason is the Climate Organizer at ALIGN. He recently spent two years in Portland, Oregon as a liaison between the Oregon AFL-CIO and Renew Oregon, a statewide climate campaign. In this role, he engaged labor union affiliates on policy issues in climate and energy, convened meetings and activities of the BlueGreen Alliance and did community outreach and political organizing for the Renew Oregon campaign. That campaign saw Oregon’s legislature double its Renewable Portfolio Standard and become the first state to eliminate out-of-state coal power from its retail electricity mix via legislation.
Prior to his work in Oregon, Brett worked in Boston on a community/labor partnership between the Building and Construction Trades Council of the Metropolitan District and the Boston Housing Authority, on an initiative to recruit and train women and people of color into Building Trade apprenticeship programs. By coordinating a first-of-its kind Building Trades sponsored pre-apprenticeship program, Brett helped oversee the recruitment, screening and training of over 200 members of Boston’s under-served communities and place them into high-paying union careers in the construction industry.