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Geri Yang-Johnson
Director of Green Jobs & Entrepreneurship
Geri Yang-Johnson is the Director of Green Jobs and Entrepreneurship for Dream.org Green For All. Geri’s decades of experience improving communities through advocacy, philanthropy, and development are integral to the innovative work within Green Jobs and Entrepreneurship. In addition to uplifting Black and Brown innovators, Geri and her team launched a national Clean Energy Scholarship Fund and green jobs cohort. Geri will lead the work of the Green For All Business Council, a council composed of Black and Brown cutting-edge CEOs in the clean energy and green sector while working alongside Climate Pledge companies to ensure they make more equitable pledges and commitments. Before Green For All, Geri served as the Vice President and Social Impact and Sustainability Sr. Specialist at Wells Fargo. Geri is a 2017 Bankers Without Borders Global Fellow and a 2014 Funders Network PLACES Fellow. She currently serves on the board of The California Wellness Foundation and the James B. McClatchy Foundation where she oversees efforts implementing innovative solutions to California’s most pressing social and economic issues. Geri also serves as an Executive Committee Member for Fresno DRIVE, a $4 billion regional inclusive economy investment plan. She previously served on the boards of The Women’s Foundation of California, Access Plus Capital (Fresno CDFI), Reinvent Stockton Foundation and on the Statewide Steering Committee for Smart Growth California. In 2021, Geri was recognized with the Fresno State Top Dog Alumni Award for her “contributions to her profession, the University, and the community.” In 2019, Geri was recognized with the Leadership Education for Asian Pacifics (LEAP) Margaret Ashida Leadership Award for demonstrating leadership in her work. In 2015, the City of Fresno honored Geri with the Women Leading the Way Award and a year later, she was honored with the Trailblazer Award. In 2018, Geri founded the Mala Scholarship Fund with Central California Asian Pacific Women to support first-generation AAPI students in their pursuit of higher education.Geri is a first generation Hmong American who was raised by a refugee, farmworker family in the Central Valley. Geri has profound interest in rural and agricultural-based economies in worldwide. She has traveled to India to work with Navdanya, a network of seed keepers, and organic producers. Geri earned her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Women Studies from California State University, Fresno. Why Dream.org: “I came to Dream.org for its clear mission of opening opportunities for all and specifically to Green for All to work at the intersection of climate, racial equity, and economic development. I believe in increasing access to opportunities for people of color while moving forward sustainable, just solutions for our environment. I’m excited to lead work that advances innovative and solutions-driven approaches to green jobs and entrepreneurship.”
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