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Phaedra Ellis-Lamkins | Chief Executive Officer

Phaedra Ellis-Lamkins
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Phaedra Ellis-Lamkins is the Chief Executive Officer of Green For All.  Under her leadership, Green For All has become one of the country’s leading advocates for a clean-energy economy, and one of its most important voices on the intersection of economics and environment.

Phaedra has led Green For All to several groundbreaking policy victories at the federal, state, and local levels.  At the federal level, she led a successful effort to include two key provisions in the House’s climate and energy bill:  securing funding for job training, and guaranteeing broad access to clean-energy jobs.

Under Phaedra, Green For All has helped states like Washington and New Mexico pioneer state-level green jobs and energy-efficiency programs.  And the organization is helping cities like Portland and Seattle craft groundbreaking energy-efficiency home retrofit programs that use innovative financing mechanisms and community agreements about job standards to cut energy bills, create green jobs, reduce pollution, and expand business opportunities.

Green For All is redefining the face of environmentalism.  Through partnerships with popular artists such as The Black Eyed Peas, Drake, Wiz Khalifa and Wyclef Jean, Green For All is reaching new audiences about the benefits and opportunities of going green.

Prior to joining Green For All, Phaedra was a leader in California’s labor movement, heading both the South Bay AFL-CIO Labor Council and Working Partnerships USA.  This has given her a unique perspective that has enabled her to bring labor, environmental, business, grassroots, and government leaders together in common purpose.  Her ability to speak to all of these groups has made Phaedra one of America’s preeminent leaders on green jobs and green pathways out of poverty.

The scope and scale of Phaedra’s many achievements have won her wide praise and recognition. In 2011, The Grio recognized Phaedra as one of their 100 History Makers In The Making.  In 2010, for the second year in a row, Ebony included her in its Power 150 and Essence named Phaedra one of the 25 Most Influential African-Americans in 2009 and one of the 21 Leaders of the New School in 2010. Black Enterprise Magazine honored Phaedra as one of their 2010, 40 Next: Emerging Leaders for Our Future. She has been featured in various outlets, including the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times, the San Francisco Chronicle, and The Huffington Post, and on ABC, BET, CNN, MSNBC, and NBC.

Phaedra leads on numerous boards including serving as the Chair of the Department of Labor’s Advisory Committee on Apprenticeship, the Commission to Engage African Americans on Climate Change for the Joint Center, the Economic Policy Institute, the Leadership Council of California Forward, the Tipping Point Community Board, and the Partnership for Working Families. Phaedra serves as a Young Global Leader with the World Economic Forum.

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Shamar Bibbins | Senior Political Associate

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As a Senior Political Associate, Shamar develops and executes opportunities to elevate Green For All’s agenda by supporting policy priorities of Congressional leaders.  She helps manage relationships with external national level partners, and steers a number of special projects. Prior to joining the organization's political team, Shamar was based in Los Angeles and served as project coordinator for the State and Local Initiatives team. Prior to joining Green For All, she worked in the entertainment field for several years and ran a successful business providing support services to non-profits and small businesses.

Ms. Bibbins attended Vassar College, where she received distinction on her senior thesis, "Race, Class and Environmental Justice." Post graduation, she was awarded a Fulbright Fellowship to Japan where she studied social movements surrounding unprecedented mercury dumping in southern Japan. A native both of Detroit, MI, and the Washington, D.C.-metropolitan area, Shamar’s commitment to social justice and social service was rooted in her from a young age.  She has been committed to numerous organizations that service and empower at-risk youth and homeless men and women.

Maritessa Bravo Ares | Executive Program Assistant

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Markese Bryant | College Ambassador Program Associate

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Markese W. Bryant is nationally recognized as a strong advocate for clean energy, green jobs and energy efficiency. He began organizing his campus and his community as Green for All’s College Ambassador, educating students and faculty about energy efficiency and the opportunities presented by an inclusive green economy. He also served as Chair of the Morehouse College SGA Environmental Awareness. As a student leader, Mr. Bryant has developed advanced project management and communication skills, which enable him to lead, manage and motivate large groups of students. Mr. Bryant has been awarded scholarships from UNCF, AmeriCorps and the Bonner Foundation.

In May of 2010, Markese W. Bryant completed his undergraduate studies with a Bachelor of Arts in African American Studies from Morehouse College. His training in African American Studies has given him a clear perspective on the plight of the African American community, which enables him and his team to have a better understanding of what needs to be done to ensure that communities of color share the benefits of energy efficiency and the green economy.


Mary Creasman | Chief Strategy Officer

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Mary Creasman, who oversees Green For All’s federal policy and movement building work, joined Green For All in 2009 from Working Partnerships USA and the South Bay AFL-CIO Labor Council where she worked as the Political and Organizing Director. She has led numerous winning public policy and organizing campaigns in Silicon Valley including a living wage expansion, large-scale retail and community benefits policies. Mary also served as the Political Director for the Democratic Party in Silicon Valley and managed many successful local and regional electoral and ballot initiative campaigns, including City Council races, Board of Supervisor races, county tax and bond initiatives, and the local 2008 presidential campaign. Mary graduated with honors from the University of San Francisco with a B.A. in Sociology.

Katherine Daniel | Communities of Practice Program Manager

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Kat recently joined Green For All as the Communities of Practice Program Manager. She brings experience in working with governments and non-profit organizations to design and implement economic and community development strategies. She is skilled in data and policy analysis, defining and measuring outcomes, as well as facilitating public/private partnerships to accomplish community goals. As part of her work with ICF International, she performed policy analysis on federal and local initiatives related to affordable housing, economic revitalization, and energy efficiency as well as authored manuals on integrating energy efficiency guidelines into affordable housing development. More recently, Kat worked as Project Manager for Rubicon National Social Innovations. In her role there, she managed the creation of scalable social enterprises in both energy efficiency retrofits and mattress recycling. She received her Master’s in City and Regional Planning from UC Berkeley with a concentration in Regional Economic Development.

Cheryl Patrice Derricotte | Director of Strategic Growth

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Cheryl Patrice Derricotte, AICP, has over 20 years experience in community economic development, building low-income housing and community-based arts facilities. Raising funds goes hand-in-hand with bricks and mortar projects, so she is delighted to apply her skills linking money to mission on the Strategic Growth Team at Green For All. Cheryl received the B.A. from Barnard College, Columbia University in Urban Affairs and the Masters of Regional Planning from Cornell University, with a specialty in housing and local economic development. She has been published in The Encyclopedia of Housing and the Howard University Law Journal. A native of Washington, D.C., and a licensed city planner, Cheryl has been a member of the American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP) since 1995. In her free time, Cheryl enjoys making glass art, practicing yoga and writing/running an indie press.

Ryan Dexter | Videographer & Media Archivist

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Ryan's beliefs are deeply rooted in nature. He was born and raised in Humboldt County, California amidst the towering Redwoods, rocky coastlines, rivers and mountains. He is a graduate of the University of California, Santa Cruz where he received a B.A. in film/video production. Ryan has over 13 years experience making videos and short films. He has traveled over most of the continents of the world, filming and broadening his awareness of the needs of others. He volunteered in orphanages in Africa and Tibet and a refuge camp in Thailand. He made films to help these organizations gain support and to help enlighten others of their needs. It was while participating with the League of Young Voters in San Francisco, that he was truly inspired into political activism. Ryan is an avid long distance runner and is happiest when playing music with his family and friends. His favorite animal is the Narwhal. He channels his energy to video production so that he can communicate Green for All's dedication to build an inclusive green economy strong enough to lift people out of poverty. Ryan is a servant warrior and his camera is his weapon against eco-apartheid.

Khary Dvorak-Ewell | Senior Associate

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Khary joined Green For All in 2011 as the Senior Associate for Business Engagement. He works nationally to develop the capacity of green businesses to grow and create good, green jobs. Khary brings close to 10 years of experience in both the for-profit and non-profit sectors. In 2010 he received an MBA from San Francisco State University where he focused on utilizing a business approach to accomplish financial, social and environmental objectives. While receiving his MBA he volunteered as a business consultant with multiple local and international non-profits. At Mama Hope and Operation Rainbow Khary was able to direct resources that enabled African and Dominican communities to become more self-sufficient and develop themselves out of poverty. He is also a recipient of the San Francisco Mayor’s Certificate of Honor for his work creating workforce opportunities for disenfranchised populations.

Diana Frappier | Director of Finance and Administration

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Diana is the Director of Finance and Administration for Green For All, as well as a founding member of the Ella Baker Center for Human Rights. Diana received her B.A. in Social Welfare and her J.D. at Hastings College of Law. While she is not focused on Green For All and the Ella Baker Center, she is operating a private community criminal defense practice, and serving on the boards of Bay Area non-profits Machen Center and TURF (Together United Recommitted Forever.) This San Francisco native is also a real estate broker, supporting activists and other members of her community to empower themselves through homeownership.

Kimberly Freeman Brown | Interim-Executive Director

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Kimberly Freeman Brown is the Interim-Executive Director at Green For All, leading the organization during CEO Phaedra Ellis-Lamkins' maternity leave and subsequent transition to the role of President.  In this role, Kimberly will not only oversee the day to day management of the organization, but also build the necessary systems and infrastructure to sustain our work for the long-term.  She comes to the organization most recently from her role as Executive Director of American Rights at Work, a national advocacy organization launched in 2003 to promote the right of workers to form unions and bargain collectively for decent pay, safe working conditions, and fair treatment on the job. As the founding Communications Director, Kimberly led the organization in exposing unionbusting in The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal; and, bringing the voices of prominent civil rights, environmental, and political leaders into the public call to fix the nation's broken labor law system.

From 2007 until 2009, she served as American Rights at Work's Deputy Director. Under her leadership, American Rights at Work has mobilized an online activist base of 170,000 sign petitions, shut down switchboards on Capitol Hill, and incite crisis responses from anti-worker institutions such as the U.S. Chamber of Commerce; put solid new research and public education materials into the hands of national and state-based workers' rights champions; and, build a network of academics and pro-worker employers who can serve as influential opinion leaders and experts in public policy debates. Additionally, Kimberly has become an outspoken voice for workers' rights. Her editorials on topics protecting organizing and bargaining rights, good jobs, worker safety, labor law reform, and retirement security appear regularly in major dailies across the country. She has also appeared on Fox Business, CNBC, and been a guest on numerous radio programs.

With Green for All, Kimberly will return to her roots in the environmental movement. In the late 1990s and early 2000s, Kimberly worked closely to bring national and international attention to the environmental justice movement. Through a coalition including Greenpeace and other national and local groups, she staged mock funeral processions through low income, polluted communities and prepared U.S. environmental justice community activists to participated in international forums at the United Nations.  For the 2002 World Summit on Sustainable Development, she served as editor of Cry of the Excluded, a compendium of essays from environmental leaders and human rights defenders from throughout the Global South.

Rosa González | Director of Education and Outreach

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Rosa González is a lifelong educator, a visual and performing artist and the Director of Education and Outreach at Green For All. Before joining the team at Green for All, Rosa was program lead for PILA (the Partnership for Immigrant Leadership and Action), where she helped link political education and community organizing. She designs curriculum and facilitates theater-based workshops and townhall meetings for critical community dialogue. Rosa is also a member of headRush, a political performance and popular education crew dedicated to inspiring working class communities through original performances and participatory workshops. Rosa has a Masters in Latin American Studies from Stanford University and a Masters in Teaching from the Arts in Education program at the University of San Francisco. In her spare time, she organizes with her neighbors in East Oakland to reclaim empty lots for urban gardening and community-building.

Emily Gordon | Senior Associate 

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Emily Gordon is a Senior Associate in the State and Local Initiatives Department at Green For All. As part of the State and Local Initiatives team, Emily works on policies and programs that create quality accessible jobs in the green economy. Her current work focuses on green job strategies in the water and energy efficiency sectors. Prior to coming to Green For All, Emily spent eight years working in the labor movement. She has worked on successful union organizing and contract campaigns across California as well as multiple public policy issues affecting low-wage workers. In addition to her work in the labor movement, Emily has also worked in the nonprofit sector on topics including affordable housing, food security, community development and criminal justice.

Jeremy Hays | Chief Strategist for State and Local Initiatives

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Jeremy leads Green For All's state and local work. His work focuses on the implementation and replication of green economic and workforce development initiatives at both local and national levels.

Jeremy joined Green For All early in 2008 as the National Field Director. Before that he was the National Organizing Director at the Apollo Alliance where he helped state and local coalitions of environmentalists, labor unions, civil rights groups, and businesses advocate for good jobs and clean energy. Jeremy has broad experience organizing multi-stakeholder efforts to address poverty, environmental issues, and economic development. He has worked a program director for Urban Strategies Council—a community building support and advocacy organization in Oakland, California; as a project manager for the Governor’s Oregon Solutions program; as a policy researcher for the Assistant Secretary of Environmental Justice at Cal/EPA; and as an organizer or technical assistant in a variety of other community development and environmental justice initiatives. He has master’s degrees in City Planning and in International Development from the University of California—Berkeley.

Kristina Johnson | Senior Writer

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Kristina Johnson comes to Green for All from the Sierra Club, where she has spent the past five years handling communications on a number of high-profile campaigns. Most recently, she managed regional communications for the Sierra Club’s Beyond Coal campaign, working to phase out coal plants and coal mines in the West and Midwest. She’s also served as the organization’s lead on clean energy communications, handling rapid-response to issues like Solyndra and promoting investments in local solar power.

Kristina oversaw the Sierra Club’s response to the BP oil spill in the Gulf, an effort that generated record media coverage for the organization and cemented opposition to offshore drilling. She managed the Club’s 2008 political communications in swing states like Colorado and New Mexico. She has also handled media for efforts to protect polar bears, wolves, and other wildlife.

Kristina has a master’s degree in journalism from the University of Oregon. She’s won a number of awards for writing, including two first-places prizes from the Colorado Press Association. She has also worked as a wilderness ranger and firefighter for the Forest Service in the mountains of Colorado, Wyoming, and Oregon. In her free time, she enjoys telemark skiing, rock climbing, and road biking.

Christy Kincannon | Executive Aide to the CEO

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Christy Kincannon, Executive Aide to CEO Phaedra Ellis-Lamkins, joined Green For All in 2009. Before coming to Green For All, Christy worked for Working Partnerships USA as a grants administrator and prior to that, she owned her own business. As a small business owner, she worked with several nonprofit organizations to help the underprivileged. Before venturing off on her own, Christy worked in the food and beverage industry for several years as a regional bookkeeper and restaurant manager.

Ken Lewis | Strategic Growth Associate

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Ken Lewis is excited and honored to be a part of Green For All’s Strategic Growth Team. With a background in finance and customer relations he looks forward to supporting Green For All’s development activities. He has volunteered with Habitat for Humanity, Sports 4 Kids, and the Alameda County Computer Resource Center. He is a graduate of Carleton College in Northfield, MN where he played football and studied abroad in Mexico and Spain. He lives in Oakland, loves riding BART, and enjoys exploring and discovering all of the great things the Bay Area has to offer.

Maritza Martinez | Fellowship Program Manager

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Maritza Martinez was most recently the Program Manager at New York Needs You where she designed a career development curriculum for first-generation college students and managed professional volunteer engagement. Before joining NYNY, she was the Senior Associate for Fellow and Alumni Programs at Echoing Green, where she was responsible for providing training, coaching and technical support to social entrepreneurs from around the world. She earned a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science from The University of the District of Columbia and a Master’s degree in Nonprofit Management from Milano The New School for Management and Urban Policy. During graduate school, she was the Administrative Coordinator at AVODAH: The Jewish Service Corps, a fellowship program that integrates work for social change, Jewish learning, and community-building. Maritza has also served as the Human Resources Generalist at the Whitman-Walker Clinic and an Inventory Specialist for Friends of the National Zoo in Washington, D.C.

Julian Mocine-McQueen | Campaign and Partnerships Manager

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Julian is an Oakland native raised behind the redwood curtain of Humboldt County. He is a graduate of San Francisco State University who came to Green For All through his organizing work with The League of Young Voters. Julian’s passion for saving our people and our planet finds a vehicle in his work as Green For All's Field Organizer.

Julian works with people around the country who are putting government investment dollars to work on a local level to build the green economy. He trains local leaders to build the green economy from the ground up by serving as the facilitator of the Green For All Academy. He trains leaders with the tools they need to communicate the promise of the green economy and to engage disadvantaged communities in support of green jobs and climate protection strategies. Julian works everyday to link local partners, lift those local best practices and models to national prominence, and leverage the success stories for large-scale change. Julian has been featured in The Nation, Wiretap magazine and The San Francisco Xpress, and has been recognized by the California Labor Archives for excellence in writing.

Brian Purchia | Communications Director

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Brian Purchia is the Communications Director for Green For All. His recent successes include organizing the first mayoral forum on Gov 2.0, SFOpen 2011 and leading communications for From 2006-10, Brian was San Francisco Mayor Newsom’s New Media Director. Mr. Purchia was described by the San Francisco Chronicle as Newsom’s “go-to guy for new, and especially social media” for his implementation of a groundbreaking new media strategy called “gutsy” and “brilliant” on NPR. Mr. Purchia’s work, described by Craigslist founder Craig Newmark as “genuinely innovative,” led to Newsom ranking as #1 mayor for his use of social media by the leading search engine for tracking consumer-generated opinions, Samepoint.

Prior to entering politics and government, Mr. Purchia worked in media, developing one of the first mobile TV networks for the US market while working for WeatherNews in Japan. From 2002-2005 he was a nightly news reporter for Voice of America in Washington, DC. He also worked in local news for KTXL in Sacramento. Brian lives in San Francisco with his environmental attorney wife, Robyn and dog, Axl Rose.

Julie Roberts | Director of State and Local Initiatives

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Julie is the Director of State and Local Initiatives for Green For All. In overseeing the State and Local Initiatives team, she helps local city partners realize model programs that create an inclusive green economy with pathways out of poverty. By working to leverage all of Green For All’s resources (business, policy, communications, education, and movement building) in a group of cities, she's helping local partners create model economies that will inspire the nation.

With ten years of city, state, and national organizing experience, Julie's work has included developing and passing a model Responsible Contractor Ordinance, shaping Project Labor Agreements to create opportunities for urban communities, helping to develop the City of Paterson, New Jersey’s first green and mixed-income housing development, and building volunteer networks in coal states to advocate for a strong clean energy and climate bill.

Julie holds a BUS Summa Cum Laude from the University of New Mexico, where she was a Regents Scholar. She also earned a Masters with Distinction in International Conflict Analysis from the University of Kent at Canterbury, where she was a Rotary Ambassadorial Scholar. When she takes a break from working with an excellent team of local and national leaders, she practices Kuk Sool, a Korean mixed martial art.

Seema Rupani | Organizer

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Seema Rupani grew up in the Bay Area and is a passionate activist and educator, who has organized on her campus and in her community around issues of building a healthier and more equitable food system, implementing sustainability efforts into campus planning at De Anza College, fighting for animal advocacy, and demanding the right to accessible quality public education for all. She graduated with a B.S. from UC Berkeley where she studied a combination of environmental justice and global poverty. Seema also led participatory education for a water and sanitation project in India and mobilized with small-scale farmers in South Africa for the right to agrarian reform and food sovereignty. She uses her cultural roots to take action in the U.S. within a transnational framework, in solidarity with peoples’ movements across borders. She brings experience mobilizing students, planning direct actions, using political education tools, and doing community outreach in working class communities of color around food justice. She is interested helping people to make connections between interlocking systems of oppression and move to creative action in their own backyards.

Sarah Shanley Hope | Chief Development Officer

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Sarah Shanley Hope is honored and excited to direct Green For All's strategic relationships with financial partners and stakeholders. Prior to joining Green For All in January 2009, Sarah managed customer insight research and corporate brand strategy for Cargill. In May 2007, Sarah received her MBA in social entrepreneurship and strategic marketing from the University of Minnesota, Carlson School of Management. Since Fall 2005, Sarah has also led numerous consulting engagements on brand strategy, marketing communications and fundraising for a range of government and non-profit clients in Minneapolis/St. Paul, MN, Buffalo, NY and Oakland, CA. Before business school, Sarah worked as the Individual Gifts Manager for the Ella Baker Center for Human Rights and as the Volunteer Coordinator for the Arianna Huffington Campaign for Governor during the California recall election.

Monet Zulpo-Dane | Staff Director

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Monet Zulpo-Dane helped launch Green For All in 2007. Trained as an attorney, Monet has overseen Green For All’s executive office, first as Assistant to the President and then as Assistant to the CEO. She now brings her management skills and her commitment to social and economic justice to her new role as Staff Director. Before Green For All, Monet worked at the Ella Baker Center for Human Rights for many years, first as an Organizer and then as Development Director.


Board of Directors

Phaedra Ellis-Lamkins | CEO, Green For All

Juliet Ellis | Assistant General Manager External Affairs, San Francisco Public Utilities Commission


Juliet Ellis is Assistant General Manager for External Affairs at the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission (SFPUC). The SFPUC is a department of the City and County of San Francisco that provides water, wastewater, and municipal power services to San Francisco and supplies water to 1.6 million additional customers within three Bay Area counties. She oversees the Government and Legislative Affairs, Communications, Sustainability Planning, and Community Benefits aspects of the SFPUC. Prior to joining the SFPUC Juliet spent nine years as the Executive Director of Urban Habitat, a regional social and environmental justice organization. Urban Habitat works in partnership with low-income communities and communities of color to advance social, economic, and environmental justice in the Bay Area region. Before her role at Urban Habitat, Juliet was the Associate Program Officer for Neighborhood and Community Development at The San Francisco Foundation. She was responsible for all aspects of grantmaking in the areas of workforce development, housing, homelessness, economic development, community development, and neighborhood planning.

Juliet has served on numerous national, regional and local boards and committees, including the Oakland Homeless and Low-Income Taskforce, the San Francisco Asset Building Initiative, the Metropolitan Transportation Commission’s Transit Sustainability Project, the Alameda County Public Health Disparities Taskforce, the Community Capital Investment Initiative, Girls After School Academy, the Ella Baker Center for Human Rights, Transform, the San Francisco School of Volunteers, the Partnership for Working Families, and the President’s White House Advisory Council on Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships, Environment and Climate Change. She currently serves on the Boards of the David Brower Center and Green for All, and the Partnership for Working Families. Juliet also served two years as a Commissioner with the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission. During her tenure on SFPUC she championed the adoption of an Environmental Justice Policy, issues of local hire, and the development of an agency-wide Community Benefits Program.

Lamman Rucker | Actor


Well known for his acting work as a star of Tyler Perry’s Meet the Brown's (The Series) as well as numerous films and plays, Mr. Rucker is an activist and spokesperson for several non-profit organizations and community action initiatives including A.H.E.A.D., Inc., Inner City Industry, BET's Rap-It-Up campaign, the Black AIDS Institute, The Magic Johnson Foundation and several grass-roots organizations across the country leading the way in uplifting families and mobilizing communities to encourage prevention, education and testing initiatives for HIV/AIDS and other issues.

Marc Jones | Chairman and CEO, Aeris Communications


Mr. Jones has over 25 years of experience in the technology industry as a securities lawyer, investment banker and senior business executive.

Prior to Aeris, Mr. Jones was the CEO and Chairman of the Board of Visionael, raising over $40M in capital to fund their rapid growth. Prior to Visionael, Mr. Jones was the President of Madge Networks, a company that grew during his tenure from $40M to $500M in revenue with a successful IPO.

Mr. Jones has a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science from Stanford University and a J.D. degree from Stanford Law School.

Mr. Jones is on several boards including serving as the Chairman and CEO of Aeris Communications, the Governing Board for Management Leadership for Tomorrow (MLT) and Board Member of Working Partnerships (WPUSA).

Donald Cohen | Chairman, In the Public Interests


Donald Cohen is the chair of In the Public Interest, a national resource center on privatization and responsible contracting. He is also the director of the Cry Wolf Project, a nonprofit research network that identifies and exposes misleading rhetoric about the economy, regulation and government.

He is the former co-founder and president of the Center on Policy Initiatives, a San Diego-based research and policy center. He is also the former Political Director of the San Diego-Imperial Counties Labor Council, AFL-CIO. He is a founding board member of the Partnership for Working Families, a national federation of metropolitan-based research, policy and action centers. He is on the board of Green For All, the Ballot Initiatives Strategy Center and the Labor Project for Working Families.

Wendy Fields-Jacobs | Executive Administrative Assistant to the President, UAW


As executive administrative assistant to UAW President Bob King, Wendy Fields-Jacobs serves as chief of staff. The first woman to hold this top, non-elected position, her role includes formulating policies on organizing, collective bargaining and politics. She was previously King’s top administrative assistant when he led the National Ford and Competitive Shops/Independents, Parts and Suppliers departments as a UAW vice president.  Under King’s leadership of National Organizing, she helped develop the UAW’s strategic program, coordinated regional activities and oversaw training. She joined UAW Local 376 after organizing with co-workers at Northeast Citizen Action Resource Center. Her experience began in 1987 at New England Healthcare Workers Union District 1199. In 1997, she was appointed adviser to the UAW Connecticut Women’s Committee and served as a vice president of the Connecticut AFL-CIO. An activist, she co-chaired the African-American/ Latino Coalition of New London and was on the board of the Women’s Center, CLUW.

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