Press Release: Cecilia V. Estolano to join Green For All

Authors: ada

November 4, 2009

[OAKLAND, CA] – Green For All today announced that Cecilia V. Estolano will join the national organization, which advocates for broad access and opportunity in the clean- energy economy. Estolano, CEO of the Community Redevelopment Agency of the City of Los Angeles (CRA/LA), will spearhead Green For All’s effort to scale public-private partnerships that grow family-supporting, green jobs in cities across the country.

“I am thrilled to welcome Cecilia to our diverse and growing team,” said Phaedra Ellis- Lamkins, CEO of Green For All. “Through her leadership, depressed communities in Los Angeles have been revitalized. We welcome her proven redevelopment acumen that will allow Green For All to create more economic and job opportunities in cities across the country.”

While at CRA/LA, Ms. Estolano oversaw a budget of over $700 million in 32 redevelopment project areas. She successfully delivered significant transformative investment to areas of Los Angeles that have previously not shared in the city’s cycles of prosperity. During her tenure, CRA/LA adopted a landmark local hiring policy for construction projects that receive financial support from CRA/LA. The agency also created a Healthy Neighborhoods policy that serves as a blueprint to integrate sustainability principles throughout CRA/LA’s practices, programs, and projects.

Additionally, Ms. Estolano served on President-elect Obama’s Transition Team as the Deputy Chair of the Environmental Protection Agency Review Team. “I commend Cecilia Estolano and the many accomplishments achieved by the CRA under her steady leadership,” said Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa. “Over the past few years, we have seen ambitious redevelopment ideas come to fruition in some of our most distressed communities. Cecilia was at the forefront of our efforts to create a clean tech corridor and it was her unwavering commitment to provide living wage jobs for hard-working Angelenos that resulted in project labor agreements. Cecilia has been a public servant in the truest sense and the City of Los Angeles is grateful for her service.

I wish her the best of luck at Green For All and look forward to seeing the virtuous work she will accomplish in the future.”

“I’m excited to be joining the Green For All team,” said Estolano. “Green For All is a national leader in promoting quality green jobs for underserved communities. I’m delighted to introduce their work to Los Angeles, while promoting LA’s best practices around family-supporting, green-construction, and clean-tech manufacturing jobs to the rest of the nation,” said Estolano.

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