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How can the coming wave of new green jobs advance equity across racial, ethnic, gender, and other lines? Which barriers exist in the public workforce system that need to be removed to ensure that people from low-income communities or communities of color can access high-quality jobs and careers? 

Join Next100 on January 25 from 1:00–2:00 PM ET as we address these questions, other policy challenges, and opportunities surrounding the clean energy transition and workforce equity. 

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  • Derrick Figures, labor and economic justice director, The Sierra Club
  • Annie Garneva, vice president of policy and special initiatives, New York City Employment and Training Coalition
  • Mariah Adamson, teacher’s assistant, Green Tech L.E.A.Ders

Moderated by: 

  • Daniel Munczek Edelman, associate director, Next100

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Speaker Bios

Derrick Figures is the Sierra Club’s Labor and Economic Justice Director. He previously served as Associate Director for Government Relations at the American Federation of Teachers where he managed the labor, infrastructure, and climate justice portfolios.  Derrick originally hails from the red state of Alabama, but now lives in Maryland with his family.

Annie Garneva, has worked in a variety of roles and projects within NYCETC since 2011. She has developed a deep and enthusiastic understanding of the opportunities and challenges faced by New York City’s workforce community and the thousands of New Yorkers the system works with each day. In her position as Vice President of Policy and Special Initiatives, Annie works with the Coalition’s over 180 members and partners to organize events, develop advocacy strategies and campaigns, and foster a well-informed and connected workforce development field with the aim of creating a system and city of equal opportunity for all New Yorkers. Annie holds a Bachelor’s Degree in International Relations from Tufts University, where she worked with Jobs with Justice Boston, participated in the Education for Public Inquiry and International Citizenship (EPIIC) initiative, and studied and interned in Madrid, Spain. Annie is a native of Bulgaria, and is trilingual in Spanish, Bulgarian, and English. She is dedicated to environmental activism and is part of Sane Energy Project and the Stop the Williams Pipeline Coalition.

Mariah Adamson is a cultivator of the next wave of green professionals. She is currently a Teacher’s Assistant with Green Tech L.E.A.Ders, and has gained direct installation and administrative experience with BlocPower and Franklin Energy Services. She is an alumna of Green City Force and The Clean Energy Academy, where she also worked. 

Daniel Munczek Edelman is the associate director of Next100, a startup think tank for a new generation of policy leaders. Dan has devoted his career to anti-poverty work and improving the effectiveness of government for low-income communities. He previously worked in the New York City Mayor’s Office for Economic Opportunity, for the Harvard Kennedy School’s Government Performance Lab, as a high school teacher and soccer coach, and in a food pantry. A native New Yorker, Dan grew up in northern Manhattan before settling in Brooklyn.