Green For All Fellows

The Green For All Fellowship and Academy Program aims to expand, educate and engage a base of support for climate solutions and a clean-energy economy in America by identifying and cultivating local leaders from communities of color and low-income communities across the nation.  Green For All partners with Fellows to develop and apply their skills and resources to build innovative, community-generated solutions and organize for change in their cities. Green For All Fellows are on-the-ground leaders in the movement to create an inclusive green economy strong enough to lift people out of poverty.

Over 130 Green For All Fellows are pioneering new and effective strategies for engaging low-income communities of color in building healthy communities and climate solutions. They work in more than 74 cities in 28 states (plus the District of Columbia). Once Fellow Candidates complete the Green For All Academy (including an intensive training and nine-month term of service in their own communities), they join an active network of Green For All Fellows.

Pittsburgh, PA - Vanessa German is a multi disciplinary artist based in Pittsburgh, Pa. As a performance poet and sculptor, she creates found object assemblages that speak to the power of transformation of the ordinary material to the extraordinary. Her performance work speaks to the innate power of the human...
Milwaukee, WI - Wesley Carter was born and raised in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. He attended school for business management and business plan development, intending to expand his father's dry-cleaning business. In studying business he became a fan of the green business model. He believes sustainable community development can give impoverished communities...
Nashville, TN - William Sizwe (Siz-Way) Herring is a dedicated environmentalist and director of EarthMatters Tennessee, a nonprofit earth education organization. A frequent classroom presenter and workshop leader, Sizwe is a certified instructor in the field of permaculture. Sizwe's organization maintains the George W. Carver Food Park, where over 30,000...
Antioch, NY - Yeama Mengistu, born in Nashville, TN, is a dedicated mother, wife, inspirational teacher, and community organizer. She developed a connection to and interest in organic farming from her early childhood experiences spending summers in Promiseland, TN, an African- American rural community founded by her ancestors who were...
Madera, CA - Yolanda Contreras is the second to the oldest in a family of five siblings. Furthering her education was not easy, but she has persevered. In 2006 she earned her AA in General Studies from Reedley College. Yolanda then majored in Social Work, and obtained a certificate in...
Oakland, CA - Zakiya Harris is a California native, who has been working as a Change Strategist for over 12 years. She received her B.A. in Political Science and History from Rutgers University and attended New College of Law before leaving to pursue her lifelong passion of teaching. She has...
Buffalo, NY - Zoe Hollomon is a Community Economic Development practitioner living in Minneapolis, MN. She has worked to develop social enterprises with non-profit organizations and has over 7 years of experience in food justice and food systems development with the Massachusetts Avenue Project in Buffalo, NY. Zoe has a...