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12 African Americans who are greening the nation

By: Laura Moss on Feb. 2, 2011, 12:18 p.m.
Phaedra Ellis-Lamkins

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Phaedra Ellis-Lamkins

Ellis-Lamkins previously worked as head of the South Bay AFL-CIO Labor Council and Working Partnerships USA, and today she is the CEO of Green For All, a national organization that works to decrease poverty through the development of green jobs. One of her first initiatives at the organization was to build a coalition of groups involved in climate change and energy issues. This coalition then successfully lobbied to include certain provisions in the American Clean Energy and Security Act of 2009 like ensuring low-income communities would have access to green jobs created by the legislation.