Meet the Team

Adam C. Bad Wound

Chief Development Officer, GRID Alternatives
Founder, Tribal Solar Accelerator Fund

Adam is an enrolled member of the Oglala Sioux Tribe (Lakota) from Pine Ridge, SD.

Adam’s mission is to strengthen people and planet through philanthropy. As Chief Development Officer at GRID Alternatives, Adam manages all organization-wide strategies to advance philanthropic partnerships and promote a culture of philanthropy. Adam founded the Tribal Solar Accelerator Fund in 2018 and serves as the leading executive for all grant-making activities, solar project development, and tribal partnerships. Adam is a frequent speaker and thought leader on energy sovereignty and related topics and in 2020 was recognized on the Energy News Network “40 under 40” list, spotlighting emerging leaders and innovators from across the U.S. and their work in America’s transition to a clean energy economy.

His career began at Stanford University at the Haas Center for Public Service, in a joint appointment with the Center on Philanthropy and Civil Society. Since then, he has worked for more than a decade in environmental nonprofits, including the California Academy of Sciences, NatureBridge, and The Wilderness Society. Adam holds an undergraduate degree from St. Olaf College, graduate degrees from Columbia and Stanford, and an Executive Certificate in Nonprofit Leadership from Harvard. Adam actively volunteers at Stanford where he serves on the National Advisory Board of the Haas Center for Public Service and recently completed a five-year term as a member of the Board of Directors of the Stanford Alumni Association.

In his free time, you can find Adam exploring the badlands, grasslands, and Black Hills of South Dakota.

Tanksi M. Clairmont

Director, Tribal Solar Accelerator Fund

Tanksi is an enrolled tribal member of the Sisseton-Wahpeton Oyate (Dakota) from Sisseton, SD, and a member of the Sicangu Lakota Oyate from Rosebud, S.D. She was born and raised in Denver, CO where she attended K-12 Public schools, and earned a B.A. degree from Metropolitan State University of Denver. A few years later, she relocated to Minneapolis, MN where she earned a Master’s in Kinesiology from the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities.  She is deeply rooted in Lakota/Dakota culture through ceremony, language, and social dancing (pow-wow).  Tanksi enjoys exercising, sewing and beading traditional regalia, reading, traveling, and best of all being a mother.

Tanksi brings her experience in grant administration, coordination, research and evaluation from the National Conference of State Legislatures and prior to that, from the American Indian College Fund. She has worked extensively in Indian Country on energy policy and advocating tribal issues on energy, higher education in tribal communities, and in her spare time research and data collection on Native American collegiate athletes. Her personal and professional goals are focused on improvement, advancement and capacity building across Indian Country, specifically to help address the unique economic, social and environmental needs while developing, strengthening and enhancing relationships with tribal constituents, government relations, funders and industry stakeholders.

Throughout the year, you will find Tanksi and her family doing cultural presentations at schools, colleges, organizations, and events to generate awareness and understanding of issues facing Indian Country.