Phaedra Ellis-Lamkins

of Green for All

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.

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 2009, Essence Magazine named Phaedra one of the 25 Most Influential African Americans, and Ebony included her in its Power 150 for 2009. In 2010, the World Economic Forum selected her as a Young Global Leader. She has been featured in various outlets, including the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times, the San Francisco Chronicle, and Essence, and on ABC, BET, CNN, MSNBC, and NBC.

Phaedra serves on the board of Leadership Council of California Forward and Tipping Point Community Board, and she is Chair and Co-Founder of Partnership for Working Families. An alumna of American Leadership Forum, Phaedra has also served on the boards of the Progressive Technology Project, New World Foundation, Women’s Fund of Silicon Valley, and Central Labor Council Advisory Committee.

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