Washington, D.C. – The League of Conservation Voters (LCV) Action Fund, which works to elect pro-environment candidates, announced its endorsement of Kara Eastman for election to the U.S. House of Representatives from Nebraska’s 2nd Congressional District.
“Kara Eastman understands that in order to take equitable action on the climate crisis, we must understand the intersectionality of climate, health, and racial justice,” said LCV Action Fund Senior Vice President of Government Affairs Tiernan Sittenfeld. “She is committed to bringing clean energy jobs to Nebraska and investing in climate solutions that will build resilience for all communities and we are proud to support her for Congress.”
“I want to leave my daughter a habitable planet and refuse to bury my head in the sand and ignore what the scientists are telling us,” said Kara Eastman. “Climate change presents a number of challenges but it offers even more opportunities! We need to have the courage to take the right steps and that is exactly what I will do when I get to Congress.”
Kara Eastman received her bachelor’s degree in Sociology and English from Pitzer College and earned her Masters in Social Work at Loyola University. After graduating, she started Omaha Healthy Kids Alliance (OHKA). Under her leadership, OHKA grew into an award-winning nonprofit aimed at supporting safe and healthy housing in Omaha. Eastman has worked in the nonprofit sector for over 20 years, and currently serves as President of Kara Eastman Partners, which provides consulting services to the nonprofit sector. She serves on the board of the Nonprofit Association of the Midlands and was an appointed member of the Mayor of Omaha’s Fair Housing Advisory Board. Eastman also served her community as the director of Rainbow House, a domestic violence shelter, and Friendship Shelter, a transitional housing community for homeless adults. Eastman was elected to the Board of Governors of Metropolitan Community College (MCC) in Omaha in 2014 and served as Vice Chair. Eastman is leaning in strongly on climate action and clean energy as a candidate, including embracing the Green New Deal. During her time at Omaha Healthy Kids Alliance, Eastman worked with the Environmental Protection Agency to create educational materials on energy efficiency and carbon footprints for poverty-stricken clients and communities.
Eastman recently unveiled a five-point equity plan, which focuses on the following issue areas: housing and neighborhoods; jobs and economic development; education; transportation; and public health. Eastman touches on sustainability and environmental equity in some of these categories. She commits to prioritizing communities that have historically suffered the most from environmental and public health disasters, calls for investments in sustainable and energy efficient housing technologies and expanded accessibility to healthy and affordable food. She is committed to investing in green energy jobs, focusing on the wind, solar, and renewable energy sectors and highlights the importance of expanding business opportunities for LGBTQIA, people of color, veteran, and women small business developers and entrepreneurs.
About LCV Action Fund
The League of Conservation Voters (LCV) Action Fund, the connected federal political action committee (PAC) of the League of Conservation Voters, works to elect leaders who stand up for a clean, healthy environment and to defeat anti-environment candidates who oppose climate action. Since the 1990 election cycle, LCVAF has helped elect and re-elect 90 U.S. Senators and 450 members of the U.S. House of Representatives. Over the last several years, our efforts have also helped elevate climate change and clean energy as critical issues in key elections.
Paid for by the League of Conservation Voters Action Fund and authorized by Eastman for Congress