Phaedra Ellis-Lamkins

CEO of Green for All

Phaedra Ellis-Lamkins is the chief executive officer of Green For All, a national organization dedicated to building an inclusive green economy strong enough to lift people out of poverty.

Prior to leading Green For All, Ms Ellis-Lamkins was the executive officer of the South Bay AFL-CIO Labor Council, representing more than 110,000 working families in Santa Clara and San Benito Counties. She also was executive director of Working Partnerships USA. She has been named by San Jose Magazine as one of the 100 most powerful people in Silicon Valley and one of "40 to watch under 40" by the Silicon Valley Business Journal.

Under Ms. Ellis-Lamkins' leadership, the nation's first county-based universal children's health insurance program expanded coverage to more than 125,000 children and has been replicated in 20 other California counties. She led efforts to create one of the first community benefits agreements in the country, which provided community standards for a large scale economic development project in San Jose.

Ms. Ellis-Lamkins founded Team San José, a new model for public/private management of convention center and cultural venues, in partnership with local business, tourism and arts leaders. She led the launch of the Partnership for Working Families, a national coalition to bring the principles of good jobs and community benefits to local economic development. And she gained the support of private developers and environmentalists to include privately-financed community health care clinics as part of the infrastructure for Coyote Valley, a mega-urban reserve in San Jose originally slated to house 70,000 new residents.

Ms. Ellis-Lamkins also is an alumna of American Leadership Forum and has served on the boards of the Progressive Technology Project, New World Foundation, and the Women's Fund of Silicon Valley. She also serves on the City of San Jose General Plan Update Task Force, Coyote Valley Specific Plan Task Force, and the Central Labor Council Advisory Committee.

Ms. Ellis-Lamkins holds a degree from California State University, Northridge.