Philanthropist Laurene Powell Jobs, the widow of Apple founder Steve Jobs, will invest $3.5 billion over the next decade to address the climate crisis.
The money will go to the Waverley Street Foundation, an organization Steve Jobs set up in 2016, and focus on “initiatives and ideas to help underserved communities most impacted by climate change,” a spokesperson for Emerson Collective, Jobs’ organization.
“Efforts will focus on housing, transportation, food security and health.”
Jared Blumenfeld, who has served as secretary for environmental protection under Gov. Gavin Newsom of California since 2019, will be the first president of this foundation that plans to address climate change at the community level.
Lisa Jackson, Apple’s vice president of Environment, Policy and Social Initiatives, has been selected to chair the foundation’s board.
Jackson served as the head of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency under former President Barack Obama.
Jobs has done most of her work through Emerson Collective, which focuses on education, immigration reform and environmental causes, and has other media investments and grants in film, TV production and journalism.