Steve Gelb

Regional Director, Northwest

With a lifetime interest in the outdoors and the environment, Steve began his career in the outdoor products industry where he held leadership positions in business development and directed product development teams at Eddie Bauer and JanSport. He redirected his career to energy efficiency and equity by helping to found SustainableWorks, a residential energy efficiency program in Washington State. He served as its Executive Director for three years and pioneered a community-based model with a one-stop-shop that completed energy efficiency retrofits on over 500 homes. Steve has been the Director of Emerald Cities Seattle since 2012 where he has partnered with the City of Seattle and Seattle City Light on Community Workforce Standards for commercial contractors that ensure quality jobs and career opportunities. Under his leadership, Emerald Cities Seattle launched it’s RENEW Affordable Multi-family Housing Program that provides a one-stop shop to support nonprofit building owners with energy and water efficiency upgrades. The RENEW program has since expanded to San Francisco. Building on the RENEW model, and together with Spark Northwest, he leads the Access Solar program to bring renewable energy to affordable housing. Steve holds a bachelor’s in Government from Cornell University.