Emerald Cities Collaborative (ECC) Northwest is committed to supporting community needs. Our work is guided by the understanding that equitable environmental policies and funding opportunities should communities in the lead. In our work, this means promoting equity in clean energy, running workforce development programs that support BIPOC communities’ inclusion in clean energy trades, and prioritizing minority contractor development. Our work has had strong multi-sector support and collaboration with government agencies, labor, businesses, environmental organizations, affordable housing owners and training providers.

Some early achievements in ECC Northwest include Community Workforce Agreements, which created career and business opportunities for BIPOC communities. In 2015, ECC Seattle launched the RENEW retrofit program for the affordable housing sector. Collaborating with the workforce development sector, ECC Seattle launched a career entry program for HVAC technicians and building engineers in 2018.  E-Contractor Academy and support services program supporting minority businesses in 2020.  The region has also focused on and led efforts to deeply embed equity in building electrification, focusing our outreach on grassroots organizations with ties to communities.


Emerald Cities Northeast has an Advisory Committee to support our work in training contractors. We will be expanding it to accommodate our expansion into workforce development and geographic expansion to NH and other parts of MA.

Local Programs and Initiatives

Our Team

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

Steve Gelb

Regional Director, Northwest

Winnie Wakaba

Economic Inclusion Manager – Workforce Development Northwest

Monica Guevara

Economic Inclusion Manager, Northwest

Dewi Ali

Community Engagement and Policy Manager, Northwest


For more information about
Northwest, contact:

Steve Gelb

Winnie Wakkaba

Monica Guevara

Dewi Ali

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