Building A Green Economy, From Jobs To Policy

Posted by Trish Riley, February 7, 2011

Phaedra, 34, is the CEO of Green For All, which works to get people back to work through green jobs. Partnering with individuals, small businesses and cities, and the Obama Administration, the organization is working to make the green economy a central part of the economic recovery.

Phaedra got her start in the labor movement in San Jose, California, fighting for airport employees and helping to establish universal healthcare for children in Santa Clara County.

It was there that she realized that while Silicon Valley executives forged ahead, many of the people behind the scenes were falling behind. She recalls one janitor who cleaned the offices of “people who made a lot of money” sleeping in a garage with several other workers. “The glamorousness of Silicon Valley doesn’t translate to the reality,” she said.

Read the full story from The Huffington Post here.