Joby Bernstein M.S. ’24 MBA ’24 is a former Congressional staffer and has spent his skilled profession working in finance. He’s operating as a democrat to characterize California’s sixteenth district in america Congress, a seat which will likely be vacated by Anna Eshoo after 16 phrases. The highest two candidates from the March 5 main will head to a basic election on Nov. 5, 2024.
This interview has been evenly edited and condensed for readability.
The Stanford Every day (TSD): Why are you operating?
Joby Bernstein (JB): At the moment we now have a local weather the place, because of the quantity of emissions that our nation and different nations have emitted, we’re pressured to take care of wildfire smoke, floods and air air pollution that stops our kids from respiration.
We have now an immigration system that’s breaking in each half, and we now have an schooling system the place it’s each extraordinarily costly and unaffordable for folks to ship their youngsters to Pre-Okay.
I deliver a background of coming from the enterprise world and coverage expertise, and I deliver analysis to again concepts that may repair and struggle these intergenerational points we’re going through at this time — local weather change, immigration and the justice system.
Some individuals will say, “go and begin a enterprise, earn cash, then fund a marketing campaign later.” However if you happen to care about these points, we now have 5 to 10 years to show the ship and chart a greater course.
TSD: Do you consider the first path to fixing these points comes from nationwide laws or directives centered on Silicon Valley?
JB: Silicon Valley has an unmatched quantity of local weather startups. These points, although, can’t be mounted simply in Silicon Valley. We do want nationwide laws, as a result of a lot of this crosses borders. California’s grid is commonly 90% renewable. But when Nevada and Utah don’t catch up, emissions transfer throughout state borders and nations. California can do rather a lot and set the coverage, however we aren’t an island.
TSD: We’ve spoken on how the problems of local weather, schooling and immigration impression us all. How do you view them to be interconnected with one another?
JB: To me it’s all about future generations, and guaranteeing that we are able to each defend the legacy of People at this time and construct a future that may work for everybody. That future doesn’t exist if we don’t have an surroundings that we are able to stay in. If we don’t give each baby in America the prospect to have a primary fee schooling and obtain what’s doable for them, if we don’t make sure that the American dream is accessible to those that need to come right here and work onerous, it doesn’t exist.
I’m scared that the way in which issues are arrange proper now, we aren’t taking place a path that will likely be attainable within the subsequent few many years. We want somebody who’s younger, who’s prepared to stay up for what they consider in and prepared to stay up to make sure that future generations are protected — as a result of it has not labored previously, as a result of Congress is run by people who find themselves on common three years away from getting social safety advantages.
TSD: You’ve spoken a lot on the way forward for local weather and sustainability. What do you assume is the most effective path ahead?
JB: I’d name a couple of issues necessary. The primary is effectivity. As an example, if properties in California switched from fuel boilers to a warmth pump, they’ll get massive grants from each the federal government at a federal stage and at a state stage. Second, we have to discover methods to correctly value carbon. I need to create a carbon dividend. The wealthiest are usually inflicting a number of the greatest issues however aren’t paying for it.
Should you tax carbon appropriately, we might give that cash again to all People. It will be principally distributed as a type of common fundamental revenue.
Lastly, the third level could be round conservation. Our nationwide parks are a pure marvel — America’s greatest thought.
TSD: Was that an endorsement for common fundamental revenue?
JB: Yeah, I feel via a carbon tax, you may create common fundamental revenue. It will take a couple of years to roll into place. However we’re getting to some extent in society the place common fundamental revenue isn’t a query of if, however when.
TSD: As you already know, Congresswoman Eshoo served for 30 years. However for precisely two-thirds of her time period, the Democrats had been within the minority within the Home of Representatives. When within the minority, how do you plan to maneuver your agenda ahead?
JB: I’m one of many few individuals who’s labored with Republicans earlier than. I used to work for Senator Portman — a Republican from Ohio on the Hill. I’ve additionally labored for Republican representatives in New Hampshire and Vermont. Working throughout the aisle is one thing that may be performed if you already know what to give attention to. I feel everybody, irrespective of the place they’re elected, cares about creating a greater America. Folks have totally different concepts on what it takes to get there, however I feel individuals for essentially the most half are prepared to work collectively in the event that they assume it is sensible for the nation and is sensible for his or her district.
TSD: What do it’s important to say to the Stanford neighborhood?
JB: My platform ought to resonate with Stanford college students for creating a greater path for bettering schooling and bettering the environment. If individuals are desirous about volunteering, I might use assist canvassing door to door and telephone banking. However in the end, I need to struggle with you.