Vice President, Workforce Development and Service-Learning
Erika Symmonds joined GRID Alternatives in 2015 to help launch its new workforce initiatives and ensure that solar career opportunities are accessible to individuals in disadvantaged communities. Erika and the team at GRID develop and deliver training opportunties building upon the unique "classroom on the roof" experience they've been providing for over a decade, and make connections between employers and trainees. Ms. Symmonds came to GRID from Green City Force, a New York-based nonprofit she co-founded to connect youth of low-income backgrounds to opportunities in the green economy. She received numerous accolades for her work there: in 2013, Green City Force was named the “Most Innovative Nonprofit in NYC” by Mayor Bloomberg and in 2014, the nonprofit was chosen to receive the Advocates Award by Environmental Associates of New York. She is motivated by opportunties to be a part of solutions addressing the intersection of environmental, economical, gender, and race related inequities. She is a Brooklyn, New York native and holds a degree in Media Arts and Sciences from Wellesley College.