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.


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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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

Carli Yoro

Economic Inclusion Manager,  Bay Area

Joseph Warner

Program Associate, ACES Program


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
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