Staff and Board
Phaedra Ellis-Lamkins | Chief Executive Officer
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.
Phaedra has led Green For All to several groundbreaking policy victories at the federal, state, and local levels. At the federal level, she led a successful effort to include two key provisions in the House’s climate and energy bill: securing funding for job training and guaranteeing broad access to clean-energy jobs.
Under Phaedra, Green For All has helped states like Washington and New Mexico pioneer state-level green jobs and energy-efficiency programs. And the organization is helping cities like Portland and Seattle craft groundbreaking energy-efficiency home upgrade programs that use innovative financing mechanisms and community agreements about job standards to cut energy bills, create green jobs, reduce pollution, and expand business opportunities.
Green For All is redefining the face of environmentalism. Through partnerships with popular artists such as The Black Eyed Peas, Drake, Wiz Khalifa and Wyclef Jean, Green For All is reaching new audiences about the benefits and opportunities of going green.
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 2011, The Grio recognized Phaedra as one of their 100 History Makers In The Making. In 2010, for the second year in a row, Ebony included her in its Power 150 and Essence named Phaedra one of the 25 Most Influential African-Americans in 2009 and one of the 21 Leaders of the New School in 2010. Black Enterprise Magazine honored Phaedra as one of their 2010, 40 Next: Emerging Leaders for Our Future. She has been featured in various outlets, including the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times, the San Francisco Chronicle, and The Huffington Post, and on ABC, BET, CNN, MSNBC, and NBC.
Phaedra leads on numerous boards including serving as the Chair of the Department of Labor’s Advisory Committee on Apprenticeship, the Commission to Engage African Americans on Climate Change for the Joint Center, the Economic Policy Institute, the Leadership Council of California Forward, the Tipping Point Community Board, and the Partnership for Working Families. Phaedra serves as a Young Global Leader with the World Economic Forum.
Valerie Keefe | Special Projects Coordinator
Maritessa Bravo Ares | Program Associate, Green Business Engagement and Education & Outreach
As a member of both the Green Business Engagement and Education & Outreach teams, Maritessa plays a unique role in supporting entrepreneurs and community leaders in the green economy.
Maritessa is a proud alumna of UC Berkeley where she was a student leader and activist for affordable student fees. She currently serves on the Cal Alumni Association Board of Directors, the Asian Pacific Islander Caucus of the California Democratic Party, and the City of Berkeley’s Commission on the Status of Women. Recently, she was appointed to serve on the Sierra Club San Francisco Bay Area’s Executive Committee. She is also an active volunteer for many local and national campaigns that advance social justice and equity. Given her community and civic engagement, in 2012 Maritessa was honored as one of the Top 100 Most Influential Filipina Women in the United States by the Filipina Women’s Network. Maritessa lives in Berkeley, California with her partner who is a public servant.
Shamar A. Bibbins | Director of National Partnerships
Shamar builds and manages relationships with the Administration, Congress and with national environmental and progressive organizations and coalitions. She also helps shape the organization’s national policy agenda. Prior to this role, Shamar served as the organization’s Senior Political Associate and as project coordinator for Green For All’s State and Local Initiatives. Prior to joining Green For All, Shamar worked in the film and television industry for several years and ran a successful small business.
She attended Vassar College, where she began her environmental justice work while majoring in Science, Technology and Society, with a concentration in environmental studies. A distinction on her thesis, Race, Class and Environmental Justice, helped her land a Fulbright Fellowship post graduation to Japan, where she studied social movements surrounding unprecedented mercury dumping in southern Japan. Raised in both of Detroit, MI, and the Washington, D.C.-metropolitan area, Shamar’s commitment to social justice and social service was rooted in her from a young age. She has been committed to numerous organizations that service and empower at-risk youth and homeless men and women.
Betsy Carr | Office Manager
Ryan Dexter | Video Production Manager
Diana Frappier | Chief Operating Officer
Kim Freeman Brown | Chief, Washington Office
Jeremy Hays | Chief Strategist for State and Local Initiatives
Jeremy Hays, Chief Strategist for State and Local Initiatives, Green For All.
Jeremy leads Green For All’s state and local work, which focuses on the development, implementation, and replication of green economic and workforce development models. Over the past five years Jeremy has designed and led Green For All’s Communities of Practice and Business Engagement programs, as well as a number of successful initiatives to expand energy efficiency, create pathways out of poverty, promote clean water, encourage high road employment, and build green infrastructure.
Jeremy joined Green For All early in 2008 as the National Field Director. Before that, he served as the National Organizing Director at the Apollo Alliance, where he helped coalitions of environmentalists, labor unions, civil rights groups, and businesses advocate for good jobs and clean energy. Jeremy has broad experience bringing together diverse stakeholders to address poverty, environmental issues, and economic development. He has worked as program director for Urban Strategies Council, a community-building support and advocacy group in Oakland, California; as a project manager for the Governor’s Oregon Solutions program; as a policy researcher for the Assistant Secretary of Environmental Justice at Cal/EPA; and as an organizer or technical assistant in a variety of other community development and environmental justice initiatives. He has master’s degrees in City Planning and in International Development from the University of California, Berkeley.
Ying-sun Ho | Communications Associate
Kristina Johnson | Senior Writer
Kristina Johnson comes to Green for All from the Sierra Club, where she spent five years handling communications on a number of high-profile campaigns, including Keystone XL and the BP oil disaster. Most recently, she managed regional communications for the Sierra Club’s Beyond Coal campaign.
She has a master’s degree in journalism from the University of Oregon and has won a number of awards for writing, including two first-place prizes from the Colorado Press Association. She earned a bachelor’s degree in Latin American Studies from the University of Washington, and spent a year living in Ecuador, where she served as a public health volunteer.
Kristina has also worked as a Forest Service wilderness ranger, trail technician, and firefighter in the mountains of Oregon and Colorado. In her free time, she enjoys telemark skiing, rock climbing, and road biking.
Colen Malone | Bookkeeper
Julian Mocine-McQueen | Director of Education & Outreach
Julian is an Oakland native raised behind the redwood curtain of Humboldt County. He is a graduate of San Francisco State University who came to Green For All through his organizing work with The League of Young Voters. Julian’s passion for saving our people and our planet finds a vehicle in his work as Green For All’s Director of Education & Outreach.
Julian works with people around the country who are putting government investment dollars to work on a local level to build the green economy. He trains local leaders to build the green economy from the ground up by serving as the facilitator of the Green For All Academy. He trains leaders with the tools they need to communicate the promise of the green economy and to engage disadvantaged communities in support of green jobs and climate protection strategies. Julian works everyday to link local partners, lift those local best practices and models to national prominence, and leverage the success stories for large-scale change. Julian has been featured in The Nation, Wiretap magazine and The San Francisco Xpress, and has been recognized by the California Labor Archives for excellence in writing.
Kim Noble | Executive Aide and Program Associate
Alvaro Sanchez Sanchez | Senior Associate
Alyssa Ritterstein | Press Secretary
Prior to joining Green For All, Alyssa provided strategic communication support to Tigercomm, a cleantech public relations firm, and their clean energy accounts through project leadership, media management and business development. While there, she also coordinated monthly guest lecture presentations for the company’s Scaling Green blog.
Alyssa worked in the Communications Department for the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA), where she assisted in the development and implementation of its online advocacy campaigns. She has also coordinated events that benefited low-income DC-area residents, as Special Events Coordinator at Jubilee Support Alliance and at A Wider Circle.
Alyssa earned her M.A. in Public Communications and B.A. in Psychology from American University. She is a member of Progressive Communicators of Washington, DC (PCDC) and Washington Women in Public Relations (WWPR), having served on the 2012 Washington PR Woman of the Year committee.
Krista Lynn Smith | Senior Development Associate
Kaori Tsukada | Program Associate
Kaori Tsukada is a Program Associate on the State and Local Initiatives Team at Green For All. Kaori is excited to be working in a role that combines her background in civil and environmental engineering and social justice. Prior to joining Green For All, Kaori’s work ranged from life cycle analysis and sustainable building design to community organizing. She studied at Stanford University where she received her BA in Comparative Studies in Race and Ethnicity and MS in Earth Systems.
Monet Zulpo-Dane | Chief of Staff
Board of Directors
Phaedra Ellis-Lamkins | CEO, Green For All
Lamman Rucker | Actor
Marc Jones | Chairman and CEO, Aeris Communications
Mr. Jones has over 25 years of experience in the technology industry as a securities lawyer, investment banker and senior business executive.
Prior to Aeris, Mr. Jones was the CEO and Chairman of the Board of Visionael, raising over $40M in capital to fund their rapid growth. Prior to Visionael, Mr. Jones was the President of Madge Networks, a company that grew during his tenure from $40M to $500M in revenue with a successful IPO.
Mr. Jones has a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science from Stanford University and a J.D. degree from Stanford Law School.
Mr. Jones is on several boards including serving as the Chairman and CEO of Aeris Communications, the Governing Board for Management Leadership for Tomorrow (MLT) and Board Member of Working Partnerships (WPUSA).
Donald Cohen | Chairman, In the Public Interests
Donald Cohen is the chair of In the Public Interest, a national resource center on privatization and responsible contracting. He is also the director of the Cry Wolf Project, a nonprofit research network that identifies and exposes misleading rhetoric about the economy, regulation and government.
He is the former co-founder and president of the Center on Policy Initiatives, a San Diego-based research and policy center. He is also the former Political Director of the San Diego-Imperial Counties Labor Council, AFL-CIO. He is a founding board member of the Partnership for Working Families, a national federation of metropolitan-based research, policy and action centers. He is on the board of Green For All, the Ballot Initiatives Strategy Center and the Labor Project for Working Families.