Green Festival Speakers

Jesse Pollak


Jesse Pollak is an 18-year-old freshman at Pomona College, who is dedicated to protecting the environment and who believes that youth can lead the way. During his years of high school in Washington, DC, Jesse worked with the DC Mayor and City Council to help raise awareness about green jobs. As part of this mission, Jesse sought a $25,000 Pepsi Refresh Everything grant, and though he fell one place short (placing 11th out of 10 winners), he gained valuable experience on using social media to inspire and motivate youth. Building on this experience, in the past half year, Jesse co-founded a new organization, the National Youth Policy Center, which hopes to strengthen the voices of America's youth in national policy discussions. The organization's main project - YOUth Decide - aims to directly connect youth and their policy ideas to our nation's governmental leaders, and is launching in the spring of 2012.