Board of Directors
Denise Fairchild, PhD
Denise Fairchild is the inaugural president of Emerald Cities Collaborative (ECC), a national nonprofit organization based in Washington, D.C. with affiliates in major urban centers across the United States. She is charged with advancing ECC’s “high road” mission to green our cities, build resilient local economies, and ensure equity inclusion in both the process and the outcomes of a new green and healthy economy. Fairchild is nationally recognized and respected for her 40-year successful track record and innovative programs in sustainable community development, domestically and internationally. In 1995, she founded and directed 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. She helped launch the Regional Economic Development Institute (REDI), an initiative of Los Angeles Trade-Technical College to provide inner-city residents with career and technical education for high-growth/high-demand jobs in the L.A. region, with a focus on the green economy. Fairchild also served as executive director of LISC-LA helping to expand the region’s community development industry creating nonprofit housing, jobs, and businesses that strengthened and improved the health and environments of L.A.’s low-income communities of color.
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