Who are we?

The Emerald Necklace Group/Amigos is a training organization for next-generation environmental leaders and community members within DAC areas of the County.

Our staff is comprised of a combination of seasoned design and outreach professionals, recent college graduates in design, planning and policy and local community members hired to focus on particular initiatives or ‘Green Infrastructure’  projects.

We currently have a mixture of 20 full and part-time staff  – our ethnicities and heritage are represented in the ‘donut’ chart.

Each Quarter new ‘Green Infrastructure Fellows’ join us and dive into an intense apprenticeship of real-world issues.

Each Quarter depending on the open grants we hire community members of diverse background to help bring to life some aspect our collective civic vision of a safe, healthy, inspiring Los Angeles Region  – where protecting nature plays a key role for the benefit of public health and civic culture within our Metropolitan region.

We embrace our diversity and enjoy learning about each other’s points of view – backgrounds and cultural heritage.

Amigos -‘ The Emerald Necklace Group’ is a woman led green infrastructure and community-based design non -profit collaborative. We are trying to help address the need to mentor more women into the STEAM professions ( science technology engineering art math) -and in particular into the sustainable design, urban planning, and urban forestry fields.

Over the past fifteen years, our staff has been comprised of at least 60% women and we have always enjoyed great cultural diversity in Green Infrastructure Fellows and Community programs – this is part of the fun of working together!

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