CDTech Honors its Founder, ECC CEO Denise Fairchild, at 20th Anniversary Celebration


Also Feted, Former Deputy Mayor Griego, Supervisor Ridley-Thomas

ECC President and CEO Denise Fairchild was honored May 19 as the founder of CDTech at a celebration of the organization’s 20-year commitment to building community, leadership and economic opportunity for Los Angeles’ most marginalized communities.From left, CDTech CEO Ben Torres with honorees Denise Fairchild, Linda Griego and Mark Ridley-Thomas. Photo by CDTech

Honored along with Fairchild for propelling “our communities and our work to greater heights” were former LA Deputy Mayor Linda Griego and Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas.  The event also celebrated several CDTech graduates – Haleemah Henderson, Martha Sanchez, Frank Alvarez and Tafarai Bayne – “for taking our community change learning and applying it in their lives, community and careers.”

Fairchild founded CDTech in 1996, along with a community college program at L.A. Trade-Technical College, to provide technical assistance, training and education to community-based organizations and individuals to create community-driven economic development strategies dealing with the generational issues of concentrated poverty and disinvestment in people of color in LA's low-income, inner-city neighborhoods. Today, CDTech remains a catalyst for community, economic and leadership change in South LA.

CDTech said it “continues to drive Fairchild’s vision for social and economic justice by investing in residents, community-based organizations and neighborhoods in South Los Angeles.  Through education and training, civic engagement and developing economic opportunities for individuals and families, CDTech continues to implement its mission.”


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