Lydia Van Note

Director, Community Impact, Environment Initiatives


Lydia Van NoteLydia oversees environmental programs and priorities of The San Diego Foundation, including the Opening the Outdoors Program and Climate Program. She works with a cross-section of donors, public officials, businesses and local leaders to build strategic partnerships that strengthen climate resilience for communities across the region, create more opportunities for San Diegans from underserved areas to experience the outdoors, and protect the natural environment San Diego County is known for.

Lydia brings more than 17 years of experience building demand for public policies at the local, state and federal levels. Throughout her career, Lydia has played an integral role in creating positive change for the environment, working families and public health. She has previously served as a nonprofit and campaign consultant, leading local environmental ballot initiatives and assisting candidates running for local office. Before moving to San Diego, Lydia was Nevada’s leading clean energy advocate for more than a decade, worked for U.S. Senator Harry Reid as his Energy Representative, and served as the Regional Representative of the Sierra Club.

Lydia volunteers as Board Chair of the San Diego League of Conservation Voters and is a Political Partner with the Truman National Security Project. She graduated from Southern Illinois University with a Bachelor of Science in liberal arts.

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