Northern California

Emerald Cities Bay Area was founded to bring labor and community together to ensure inclusive economic opportunities in greening our cities. ​Early successes included a negotiated Community Workforce Agreement with the building trades that prioritizes local workers on affordable housing retrofit projects and funding for the Building Efficiency for a Sustainable Tomorrow (BEST) Center at Laney College. ECBA’s work has since grown to include projects in both the energy and food sectors, always with an eye towards fostering both economic opportunity and environmental sustainability. Current efforts include leveraging the buying power of local anchor institutions, facilitating energy and water efficiency retrofits in affordable housing, minority- and women-owned contractor capacity building and championing equitable approaches to residential building electrification, amongst others

Local Initiatives & Programs

Our Team

For more information about work being done in the region, feel free to reach out to the Northern California team. 

Avni Jamdar

Regional Director, Northern California  

Neha Bazaj

Senior Economic Inclusion Manager, Northern California

Carli Yoro

Economic Inclusion Manager, Northern California

Megan Leary

Community Engagement and Economic Inclusion Manager,
Northern California

Jenifer Lomeli

Program Coordinator,
Northern California