Denise Fairchild is the inaugural President of the Washington D.C.-based Emerald Cities Collaborative (ECC), a national nonprofit coalition of labor, business and community-based organizations organized to accelerate the growth and distributive benefits of the emerging green economy. ECC has affiliates in 10 major U.S. urban centers.
Dr. Fairchild has dedicated over 30 years to strengthening housing, jobs, businesses and economic opportunities for low-income residents and communities of color, domestically and internationally. In 1995 she founded and directed the Community and Economic Development Department at Los Angeles Trade-Technical College, as well as CDTech, an affiliated nonprofit organization. She also helped launch the college’s Regional Economic Development Institute to provide inner city residents with career and technical education for high growth/high demand jobs with a focus on the green economy.
From 1989-1994, Dr. Fairchild directed the L.A. office of the Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC) and is credited with raising over $100 million in equity, grants and loans for community-based housing and commercial development projects and for building the L.A. region’s nonprofit housing and community development industry.
Her civic and political appointments have included the California Commission on Regionalism, the California Economic Strategy Panel, the California Local Economic Development Association, the Urban Land Institute National Inner City Advisor, the Coalition for Women's Economic Development and the Los Angeles Environmental Quality Board. She also served as Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa's special advisor for South L.A. Investments.