CDTech Honors its Founder, ECC CEO Denise Fairchild, at 20th Anniversary Celebration
Also Feted, Former Deputy Mayor Griego, Supervisor Ridley-Thomas
ECC President and CEO Denise Fairchild was honored May 19 as the founder of CDTech at a celebration of the organization’s 20-year commitment to building community, leadership and economic opportunity for Los Angeles’ most marginalized communities.
Honored along with Fairchild for propelling “our communities and our work to greater heights” were former LA Deputy Mayor Linda Griego and Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas. The event also celebrated several CDTech graduates – Haleemah Henderson, Martha Sanchez, Frank Alvarez and Tafarai Bayne – “for taking our community change learning and applying it in their lives, community and careers.”
Fairchild founded CDTech in 1996, along with a community college program at L.A. Trade-Technical College, to provide technical assistance, training and education to community-based organizations and individuals to create community-driven economic development strategies dealing with the generational issues of concentrated poverty and disinvestment in people of color in LA's low-income, inner-city neighborhoods. Today, CDTech remains a catalyst for community, economic and leadership change in South LA.
CDTech said it “continues to drive Fairchild’s vision for social and economic justice by investing in residents, community-based organizations and neighborhoods in South Los Angeles. Through education and training, civic engagement and developing economic opportunities for individuals and families, CDTech continues to implement its mission.”