Deborah Scott, Executive Director of STAND-UP, a “Think and Act Tank for Working Communities,” and founder of TRADE-UP, a model prep-apprenticeship and workforce development program, is a leading advocate for energy conservation, green development, and the creation of a 21st century American workforce. She is convener of Emerald Cities Atlanta and a leader in the Better Buildings Challenge, two national initiatives created to drive economic growth by retrofitting commercial buildings for energy efficiency. Ms. Scott is a recognized thought leader in community development, delivering products such as “The Fort McPherson Community Action Plan,” cited by the American Planning Association as exemplifying efforts “that create communities of lasting value.” Ms. Scott has successfully built coalitions among neighborhood groups, labor, business and students, by framing issues around principles of social responsibility, economic equity, entrepreneurship and environmental stewardship. A tireless innovator and skilled manager, she has established regional tables on equity in transportation policy and economic opportunity using over 25 years experience as an organizer, trainer and expert implementer of complex, mission-driven initiatives. Ms. Scott has been a political consultant and advisor to three Atlanta mayoral administrations, including former Mayor Maynard Jackson. She is a founding member of the National Board of Directors of the Partnership for Working Families and has held positions with the City of Atlanta, the Georgia Legislature, the Democratic National Committee, and the Voter Education Project. She currently serves on the Mayor’s Atlanta Green Jobs Taskforce; the BeltLine Taskforce; and the Screen Gems Community Jobs Taskforce. A graduate of Clark Atlanta University, she is a nationally recognized leader in community-based strategies for economic growth and entrepreneurship based on energy innovation, conservation and green building technologies. Deborah Scott is being honored as a Champion of Change for her innovative energy priorities and sustainable living practices making a greener community a possibility in any American city or town.