Regional Director, Northwest
Steve Gelb, NW Regional Director, Emerald Cities Collaborative – Steve brings over 10 years of experience working at the intersection of the environment and equity through creating coalitions, launching programs, and supporting policy advocacy at the intersection of equity and the environment. His passion for justice and protecting the environment led him to found SustainableWorks a non-profit residential energy efficiency organization that developed a community-based program to retrofit over 1,000 homes. As a union shop, SustainableWorks pioneered high road workforce standards in the residential energy efficiency sector. Since then, as a Director for the Emerald Cities Collaborative, he has partnered with the City of Seattle on Community Workforce Agreements for commercial contractors, launched the RENEW Affordable Housing Program that develops energy and water efficiency upgrades, and developed pathways to clean energy careers and business opportunities for members of underserved communities through ECC Northwest’s Clean Energy Opportunity Hub. He has been a leader in green construction and renewable energy in affordable housing through the Exemplary Buildings and the Access Solar Programs. Steve Chairs Shift Zero’s Equity First Team and has served or serves on advisory boards for the WA Construction Center of Excellence, South Seattle College Sustainable Buildings Technology Program, Seattle City Light’s Integrated Resource Plan, the Peoples Solar Energy Fund and Seattle’s Green New Deal Oversight Board. Steve is a graduate of Cornell University.