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Denise Fairchild


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.

There's a lot that governments can do to connect disadvantaged communities to economic opportunities.
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.
The utility industry's efforts to turn back the clean-energy revolution would block low-income communities from realizing the benefits.