Economic Inclusion Manager, ARC
Elyse Rainey has a passion for cultivating environmentalists from low-income communities and communities of color. She has led community engagement initiatives for the National Park Service, provided East Bay teens with their first green job, and taught sustainable agriculture to youth in West Oakland. Elyse has more than seven years of experience increasing access to affordable, healthy and culturally relevant food for low-income families. At City Slicker Farms, an urban agriculture nonprofit, Elyse led community outreach initiatives to ensure that the produce, practices and programming reflected the needs and desires of West Oaklanders. At Ecology Center, she provided environmental literacy and green job training for transitional age youth at Berkeley’s Farmers Markets and City of Berkeley curbside recycling. At Emerald Cities Collaborative, Elyse continues to support community-sourced solutions for a more sustainable and inclusive green economy. She is excited to utilize her relationships and experience within food justice, and Bay Area sustainable agriculture to build a more equitable food system with ECC’s Anchors in Resilient Communities (ARC) initiative. Elyse holds a degree in Economics from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.