Denise Fairchild

President and CEO of Emerald Cities Collaborative

Denise Fairchild is the inaugural President and CEO of Emerald Cities Collaborative, a national nonprofit organization, headquartered in Washington, D.C. with an office in Los Angeles.

Denise is nationally recognized for forty years of accomplishment in sustainable economic development. In 1995, she founded and directed the Community and Economic Development Department at Los Angeles Trade-Technical College, and its affiliated research organization, CDTech. From 1989-1995 Denise served as executive director of Local Initiatives Support Corporation.

Her civic and political appointments have included the California Commission on Regionalism, California Economic Strategy Panel, California Local Economic Development Association and the Los Angeles Environmental Quality Board. Denise has been an instructor at UCLA Department of Urban Planning. She has lived, worked and educated her two sons in South Los Angeles since 1977.

Denise received her B.A from Fisk University in 1972, a master’s in city planning from the University of Pennsylvania and a doctorate in urban planning from UCLA. She holds a number of academic distinctions, including serving as a senior fellow at M.I.T., U.C.L.A. and The Rockefeller Foundation Bellagio Fellowship.

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