Green for AllâOakland, CA
Ellis-Lamkinsâ goal is to build a green economy, inclusive of people of color as well as those in low-income and underserved communities, who are traditionally shut out ofÂ the ânew economy.â Under Ellis-Lamkinsâ leadership since March 2009, the national not-for-profit scored major legislative victories on state-level green jobs and energy-efficiency programs in Washington State and New Mexico as well as responsibly investing federal Recovery Act dollars for environmental and economic health. But part of her advocacy is engagementâgetting people involved within their local communities. âItâs critical. If we donât do something, itâs only going to get worse for our community,â says Ellis-Lamkins, who adds the first step is behavioral change. âThereâs a long way to go but weâve come incredibly far in this short amount of time. This is a moment where everything is possible.â
âTennille M. Robinson
Roland Fryer Jr.â33
Robert M. Beren Professor of Economics
Harvard UniversityâCambridge, MA
Itâs quite a feat for any economist to earn some of Harvardâs most coveted fellowships and become its youngest-ever African American tenured professor by the age of 30. Itâs another achievement entirely to consistently produce economic research that doesnât put non-economists to sleep. His body of work is an investigation into the causes of economic inequality and the gap between blacks and other races in classroom and workplace achievement. Fryerâs must-read published research, including An Empirical Analysis of Acting White and The Causes and Consequences of Distinctly Black Names helped land him on The Economistâs list of the worldâs top young economists and Time magazineâs 2009 list of the worldâs 100 most influential people.
Darnell Henderson 32
H.I.M-istry Skincare Inc.âMiami
Henderson delivers all-natural menâs skincare products, including cleansers, toners, and scrubs, to the male masses. To date, H.I.M-istry is sold online and in more than 100 Macyâs department stores nationwide. In 2009, the enterprise produced revenues of $1.6 million and projects revenues of $2.3 million in 2010.