Denise Fairchild is president and CEO of Emerald Cities Collaborative, a national nonprofit organization of business, labor and community groups dedicated to climate-resilience strategies that produce environmental, economic and equity outcomes.

In 1995, Fairchild founded the Community and Economic Development Department at Los Angeles Trade-Technical College, as well as an affiliated nonprofit community-development research and technical assistance organization, CDTech. During the adminisration of Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, she served as special adviser for South Los Angeles investments.

September 20, 2018

How Inclusive Contracting Can Produce the Infrastructure We Need

There's a lot that governments can do to connect disadvantaged communities to economic opportunities.
October 26, 2015

Racial Equity, Poverty and the Promise of Clean Power

A new federal initiative could go a long way toward improving the health of poor and segregated communities, but they need to have a voice in it.
March 31, 2015

The Making of an Energy Ghetto

The utility industry's efforts to turn back the clean-energy revolution would block low-income communities from realizing the benefits.