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. In that role, she helped develop a resume bank to connect hiring solar companies with experienced job seekers, organized the first-ever solar job fair at Solar Power International, and improved GRID's job placement tracking efforts. 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 a Brooklyn, New York native and holds a degree in Media Arts and Sciences from Wellesley College. Ms. Symmonds speaks about workforce initiatives and job training at environmental and energy industry events and conferences.