about us

Emerald Cities Collaborative (ECC) is a national nonprofit network of organizations working together to advance a sustainable environment while creating sustainable, just and inclusive economies with opportunities for all — an approach we call "the high road." ECC develops energy, green infrastructure and other sustainable development projects that not only contribute to the resilience of our metropolitan regions but also ensure an equity stake for low-income communities of color in the green economy. This includes developing the economic infrastructure for family-supporting wages and career paths for residents of such communities, as well as contracting opportunities for women, BIPOC and other disadvantaged businesses.

history

The Emerald Cities Collaborative was created in 2009 by a powerful network of national and local community, labor, policy, business, and nonprofit organizations. Over the years, we’ve built a movement of change agents who’ve demonstrated that an equitable, high-road approach is the best path to a sustainable, just future. Here’s our story …

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Senior Management Team

Denise Fairchild

President & CEO
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Daryl Wright

Chief Strategy Officer 
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Adetola Shabi

Chief Financial & Administrative
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Steve Gelb

Regional Director, Northwest  
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Avni Jamdar

Regional Director, Northern California  
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Wendy Angel

Regional Director, Southern California 
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Staff

Adam Parker

Senior Advisor for Economic Mobility 

Winnie Wakaba

Economic Inclusion Manager, Northwest 

Neha Bazaj

Senior Economic Inclusion Manager, Bay Area

Donya Curry

Accountant & Office Manager

Donna Hope

Climate Justice Director 

Hunter Jones

Communications Manager

Sonia Kikeri

Policy Director & Community Organizer

Tabaris Smith

Program Coordinator, E-Contractor Academy

Alexis Washburn

Economic Inclusion Manager

Carli Yoro

Economic Inclusion Manager,  Bay Area

Joseph Warner

Program Associate, ACES Program

Board of Directors

Gerry Hudson, Chair
Secretary-Treasurer Service Employees International Union SEIU

Joel Rogers, Co-Chair
Director, Center on Wisconsin Strategy, University of  Wisconsin-Madison, COWS

Donald Gilligan, Secretary/Treasurer
President National Association of Energy Services Companies

Donnel Baird
Founder, Bloc Power

  Gary Cohen
Co-Founder, Health Care Without Harm and Practice Green Health

John Doherty
Special Assistant to the General President International Union of Painters and Allied Trades

Rosa Garcia
Executive Director, California Youth Leadership Corps Community Learning Partnership
Chione Flegal
Managing Director, Policy Link

Avni Jamdar
Regional Director, Bay Area Emerald Cities Collaborative

Eric Mackres
Manager, Building Efficiency Initiative World Resources Institute, Ross Center for  Sustainable Cities

  Cliff Majersik
Executive Director Institute for Market Transformation

  Traci Scott
Vice President for Workforce Development National Urban League

Don Mathis
Case Manager, Harford County (MD.) Office of  Drug Control Policy

Dan Moncrief III
(representing National  Association of Minority Contractors) President and CEO McDaniel’s Construction Corporation, Inc.
David Ribeiro
Director, Local Policy American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy(ACEEE)

  Lauren Ross
Manager, Local Policy American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE)

    Gloria Shealey
President and CEO The Daniele Company

Mary Ellen Sprenkel
President and CEO The Corps Network

Jeremy Sigmon
SME, Water Planet Sigmon, LLC

Sunia Zaterman
Executive Director Council of Large Public Housing  Authorities (CLPHA)

Hilari Varnadore
Director, LEED for Cities and Communities U.S. Green Building Council  

Funders

Annie E Casey Foundation

Bullit Foundation

California Wellness Foundation
Citi Foundation
Enterprise Community Partners
Generation Foundation
Heinz Endowments
Heising Simons
Health Care Without Harm
Joyce Foundation
JP Morgan Chase
Kaiser Foundation

Kellogg Foundation
Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation
Microsoft
Movement Strategy Center
Nathan Cummings Foundation
Packard Foundation
Rockefeller Foundation
Scorpio Fund
Sierra Club
Stillaguamish Tribe of Indians
Surdna Foundation
Sustainable Path Foundation

Swinerton Foundation
The Boston Foundation
The California Endowment
The Energy Foundation
The Kendeda Fund
The Kresge Foundation
The San Francisco Foundation
The Seattle Foundation
Tides Foundation
Tulalip Tribe
Union Bank
Urban Sustainability Directors Network