CEO, Green for All
Phaedra Ellis-Lamkins is CEO of Green For All, a national organization working to build an inclusive green economy strong enough to lift people out of poverty. Since taking leadership in 2009, Ellis-Lamkins has led Green for All to many successes including the formation of a civil rights coalition that successfully lobbied for two significant improvements—securing funding for job training and guaranteeing broad access to clean energy jobs—to the House of Representatives version of the American Clean Energy and Security Act. These additions are the act’s only two provisions creating opportunity for low-income people and people of color. Green For All has also won major legislative victories in Washington state and New Mexico, which are both pioneering state-level green jobs and energy-efficiency programs. Previously, Ellis-Lamkins led both the South Bay AFL-CIO Labor Council in California’s Silicon Valley and Working Partnerships US.